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Ronald Araujo rues Barcelona mistakes against Valencia

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The center-back scored but was left frustrated

FC Barcelona v Valencia CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo admitted his team made some poor mistakes in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Valencia at the Camp Nou.

The Uruguay international scored a brilliant goal against Los Che to put Barca 2-1 up but was left disappointed after the team failed to hang on to all three points.

Mouctar Diakhaby lost his marker from a corner for the opening goal, while Maxi Gomez levelled after Valencia had caught Barca napping in defense again on 69 minutes.

Araujo offered his thoughs after the match as Ronald Koeman’s men dropped points for the seventh time in 13 games in La Liga in 2020-21.

“It’s bittersweet for me because we wanted the three points. It’s a shame that we drew.

“We made some mistakes at the back that we cannot make, but we have to work on them. It’s a shame because we had chances and the ball didn’t go in. If we’d have scored another goal, we’d have been more relaxed.

“We have to correct our mistakes, but we have to think about Tuesday [against Real Valladolid] and about winning [the game].

Source | Marca

Barca now slip eight points behind Atletico Madrid and have played one game more than Diego Simeone’s side. Next up is a trip to Real Valladolid on Tuesday in Barca’s final game before Christmas.