Araujo talks about the  late confrontation with  Vinicius Jr


In the closing moments of Barça’s 4-0 El Clásico loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinal,  Ronald Araujo of Barcelona engaged into a late altercation with Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior  that resulted in the Uruguayan receiving a yellow card. Araujo and Vinicius were at the centre of a contentious match on Wednesday night at Camp Nou,  where 29 fouls were committed and a total of 11 yellow cards were handed.

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Ronald Araujo said Vinicius Junior must ‘concentrate on playing’ rather ‘taunting

Once again, Araujo and the Brazilian faced up directly against one another. And as usual,  the two were aggressive with one another. Toward the end of the game, Vinicius  was spotted making fun of Araujo and other Barça players, which prompted Ronald  to push Vinicius to the ground. Due to the minute-long skirmish that ensued,  players from both teams received further yellow cards. Araujo explained what happened, making it obvious that he was defending his teammates.  He also added that he had become overpowered by emotion. Additionally, Ronald discussed the humiliating loss to Los Blancos and what lies ahead for Barça  following their elimination from the Cup.

Araujo was keen to call out Vinicius for his behaviour on Wednesday. Araujo speaking after the game to Teledeporte:

“I got a little heated because he was talking to my teammates the entire game, taunting them. I’ve always said he is a great player who will get a lot better if he’s only focused on playing. I’m always respectful, but he was talking a lot and I got a little heated.

“I am sad because we couldn’t advance to the Final and make the supporters happy. It didn’t go well for us even though we played a great first half. But we conceded two quick goals and dropped our level too much.”

“It’s hard to lose, even more so against your classic rival. but now we have to move on and think about Girona and the most important goal, which is La Liga.”

-via Mundo Deportivo

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