Araujo: A month ago it seemed a long way away, now it's close

The Barça defender was happy with what he witnessed against Madrid

| VALENTÍ ENRICH

Ronald Araujo was happy with Barcelona's performance despite going down to Real Madrid in extra time in the Spanish Supercopa semifinal on Wednesday.

"Losing always hurts but I am proud of the team," he said. "We played really well. We wanted to be the protagonists, to have the ball, we were better...

"We couldn't counteract their counterattack, but I am proud of the team. You're seeing the great work we're doing, the group is united and we hope results will come soon.

"We have to correct some things but I am happy with what we're doing. We knew they would wait and counter, that we couldn't lose easy balls. It's a shame to not reach the final.

"We're growing. You can see the fruit of our work. A month ago it seemed a long way away, but now it's close. We can fight against any team."

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