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Araujo on Gündogan’s criticism: “Have values that must be respected”

After being knocked out of the Champions League, Ilkay Gündogan openly criticized Ronald Araujo. The Uruguayan let it be known that he’s not too happy about it

Real on, Barcelona out: Who has the momentum on their side after the Champions League quarter-finals should be clear ahead of Sundays Clasico at the Bernabeu.

The fact that the Catalans had to drop out was largely due to the red card for Ronald Araujo in the second leg against Paris St. Germain (1:4). A scene that also caused discussion within the team. Ilkay Gündogan criticized, among other things, that “in these decisive moments, you have to be sure you’re going to hit the ball”. And: “I prefer to concede a goal or even allow a one-on-one. I don’t know whether he’ll get to the ball or not, but I give the goalkeeper the chance to save the shot. Or I concede a goal.”

On the sidelines of a charity event, Araujo now commented on the scene and also on Gündogan’s statements. “If the referee doesn’t blow the whistle, nothing happens,” said the 25-year-old, “but if he does, I have to be sent off.” And the criticism from his teammate? “I prefer to keep my thoughts on Gündogan’s comments to myself,” he said, adding: “I have a code and values that must be respected. “

Araujo clearly denied that he was responsible for the elimination. “Of course it affects the game because we were with ten men on the pitch, but there are also a lot of things in the game itself. When I’m out, it’s a different situation because I know what I can contribute and how I can help when I’m on the pitch.”

Barcelona don’t have much time to lick their wounds. Should they lose the Clasico, the gap to Real Madrid would be eleven points and the championship would be as good as decided – the Catalans are facing a title-less season. “We have mathematical possibilities and we have to fight to the end,” said Araujo.

What Araujo says about his future

One thing is clear: The cards will be reshuffled next season, Araujo conjures up glorious times for Barcelona. “We have a young, wonderful group that will bring a lot of joy to the fans and Barca. This generation will win the Champions League.”

Then with Araujo, who has been the subject of repeated farewell rumors? “It’s going well,” said the defender about the negotiations. Barcelona have started talks with his management, but apparently nothing has been decided yet. “There’s always talk about my future,” said Araujo, who still has a contract until 2026. “And there will always be talk. “

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