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Barcelona gem defender talks Messi, Koeman, Puyol

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In an interview with Cadena SER, Barcelona’s star defender Ronald Araujo answered questions on varied topics. The Uruguayan was asked questions varying from his debut to his latest injury. He answered questions about Messi, Koeman and Laporta too.

Teams latest performances and Ronald Koeman

Barça had managed only 6 wins in the first 14 league games, drawing 4 and losing the other 4. The league campaign looked finished even before the halfway mark. Even during those difficult times, Araujo’s performance was a bright talking point.

Ever since the turn of the calendar, the team has improved significantly with few hiccups here and there. When asked a question on a potential double and the Dutch manager, Araujo replied “I hope Koeman stays with us for a while, he has done a great job in his first year. The double would definitely help, winning the League would be something tremendous. They gave us up dead.”

Relationship with Lionel Messi

One thing that has been visible throughout the season is that Leo shares great relations with almost all the junior players. Most of the players of this generation must have seen the Argentine produce magic day in day out while growing. The Uruguayan is certainly no different, he can not imagine seeing Leo in a shirt other than that of Barcelona.

When asked a question about how is it to share the dressing room with Leo, the 22-year-old said “He is a great person, a reference and we hope he stays. It is difficult to imagine a Barça without Leo because Leo is Barelona. It would be difficult to see him with another shirt.”

Injury Setback

The Uruguayan suffered a relapse soon after he made a comeback after an ankle injury against Real Betis earlier in the season. It was reported at that time that the team rushed in order to get him fit for the Copa Del Rey semifinals. He cleared the air about it when asked a question about the same.

“It cost me a bit because we hurried because I wanted to be there and help the team. With Sevilla I relapsed it and I had to go back but I’m better now. And ready to face what is to come, which is very important for us,” said the Barça center-back.

Tough start to his life in Catalonia

Even Oscar Mingueza in his interview with Lavanguardia pointed out that Araujo struggled during his early days at Barcelona. The 22-year-old Barça center-back told about his initial days in Catalonia.

“When I arrived at Barça the ball was flying, It was going 200 miles per hour, it cost me a lot, but it did not depress me. I stayed after training to practice and improve my level, “ said the Barça defender.

“When I went to Montevideo my parents had to send me food, they sent me an assortment, which is a big purchase, but at the end of the week, I had no food left and I didn’t want to tell my parents that I was eating badly,” added the Uruguayan defender.

Taking inspiration from Puyol

Araujo has arrived at a time in Barça’s defense when it can be clearly seen that the team lacks a leader at the back. Who better that Barcelona legend Puyol to take inspiration for a young defender like Araujo.

When asked a question on the same he replied: “Puyol is one of my references, pride and a captain of the club. I have to make my own career and hopefully one day I can do some of what Puyol did at Barça, it would be very nice.”

I have been an avid watcher of football for almost a decade now. My first love was Messi and not Barcelona, however, over the years the Blaugrana colours are something I identify myself with. Through writing, I want to give back to the sport that has given me so much joy over the years.