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Ronald Araujo on Atletico win: Barcelona have taken a huge step forwards

It’s been a good week for Xavi’s side

FC Barcelona v FC Porto: Group H - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo feels his team have taken a big step forwards after beating Porto and Atletico this week.

The Catalans secured a place in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition in midweek and followed that up with a 1-0 win over Atleti in La Liga.

Here’s what Araujo made of it afterwards:

“We had a lot of opportunities to score the second goal but the ball wouldn’t go in for us and they had chances late on. Credit to Inaki, he kept a clean sheet and that was really important,” he said.

“We know the team we have, we trust in ourselves, results weren’t coming but we’ve taken a huge step forwards both in the Champions League and again tonight. It was such a big game and we’ve moved up the table

Araujo also paid tribute to Inaki Pena who made two vital saves in the second half to preserve a clean sheet for Barcelona.

“I know Inaki from my Barca B days, we played together for the second team. I‘m very happy for him. He has a difficult job replacing Marc but he did that tonight,” he added.

Barcelona now have a free week before returning to action next weekend with another crunch game against Girona.

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