Julian Araujo enduring a strange situation since Barca move

Julian Araujo enduring a strange situation since Barca move

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The California-born right-back has not been able to play so far

It is never easy to arrive at Barça and adapt to their system of play when you come from a very different style of football. This is what is happening to Julian Araujo, who also has the added problem of not being able to compete while awaiting the resolution of CAS (sports court) after his late registration (by 18 seconds) in the last transfer market.

The contradiction that the Californian right-back is living through is evident, because while at Barça he is learning the demanding concepts of positional play and is encountering difficulties, when there is a national team break, as is the case, he is getting minutes with the senior national team of Mexico, which he chose after having been part of the youth categories of the United States.

Araujo has always been happy to wear the Barça shirt, a dream fulfilled since he started at the Barça Academy in Arizona. But everyone understands it's been a tough blow, that he was not able to be registered in time.

In any case, he would have needed a long time to settle in. It's because of the 'famous' positional game, which is much more complicated than you might think and which requires quick thinking and decision-making. Playing without the ball is as important as having it. Araujo's conditions are very interesting because of the explosiveness of his play and his offensive characteristics and the club has confidence in the 21 year old.

Many of his training sessions are being completed with Rafa Márquez's reserve team. His compatriot takes great care of him and teaches him tactical resources that he will need when he is able to compete. He is patient, aware that he is a player with his sights set on the first team. In fact, Xavi Hernández has called him for more than one training session, and Araujo has been able to train alongside his idols and cope better with his situation.

Araujo undoubtedly feels more familiar with the system of play of the Mexican national team, coached by Diego Cocca, but everything will come together at Barça, at least that is what the club wants. With the Mexican 'Tri' he has already won five caps, the last two during this break. Half-time in the 0-2 win in Suriname and 2-2 in the stumble against Jamaica at the Azteca, both in the CONCACAF Nations League.

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