Barcelona star Ronald Araujo hits back at Ilkay Gundogan’s red card criticism


Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has hit back at damming criticism from his teammate Ilkay Gundogan that followed their elimination from the Champions League.

Having led 3-2 from the reverse fixture, Barcelona looked to be in control of the tie when Raphinha opened the scoring for the hosts after 12 minutes. The game transformed however when Araujo wads shown a straight red card after 29 minutes for hauling back Bradley Bacola as he was running through on goal.

‘It’s hard to say… But in these crucial moments you have to be sure if you go for the ball,’ Gundogan said.

‘I don’t know if he touches the ball or not. I prefer to concede a goal or even allow a one on one. I don’t know if he got to the ball or not, but give the goalkeeper the opportunity to. stop it, or even give them the goal.

‘Being one less so soon kills you in the game.’

Araujo issued a public apology to Barcelona fans for the sending off but on Friday, firmly hit back a Gundogan’s remarks.

Asked if he was hurt by the German’s comments, the Uruguay international said: ‘I prefer to keep what I think to myself. I have codes and values that must be respected.’

Araujo has established himself as one of the best centre-halves in Europe, with Manchester United and Bayern Munich both interested in signing him.

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