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Uruguayan Ronald Araujo has been one of the important player this season due to his leadership and character. The defender has won over the hearts and minds of culers who see him as a fixture in the defence fr many years to come. The defender is a key player for coach Xavi Hernández and ahead of Sunday's Clásico against Real Madrid, Araujo spoke to sports papers SPORT, Mundo Deportivo and L'Esportiu and admitted that winning at Spotify Camp Nou would be a big step towards the league title, yet being aware "this if football and there is still a lot of the league season remaining."
A Barça v Real Madrid key for the title
"We are expecting a really tough game because Real Madrid have some great players but we also have our weapons. We are in good form and we will do everything to win. They would be three vital points to stretch our lead and get closer to our objective, the league title."
"I think it would not be definitive yet, because this is football and anything can happen but it would be a big step towards our objective. We would be talking about a 12 point gap, that is a good lead, furthermore beating our main rivals. But we have to modest, there is still a long way to go and a lot of game left."
"The truth is that they have great defenders too. We know the quality of players that Madrid have in all their positions, but we are in confident in the work we are doing."
"I don't think I have the psychological battle won against Vincius There are still many battles to come in our careers."
Spotify Camp Nou, key
"I am hoping for a great atmosphere with our fans, a full stadium cheering us on. The fans are supporting us, not just in this game, which is special, but during the whole season and that is very important. It makes me happy to see it."
"I am really looking forward to the game, I jus want it to come. I imagine the whole Spotify Camp Nou supporting us. It will be really special and we hope it goes well for us."
"It is important to play this game in front of our fans because we want them to put the pressure on. We want to make the culers happy."
Defence and attack
"We have confidence in our strikers and we are convinced that the guys we have up front will take their chances."
"Defensively we need to keep on the same path. We are doing a good job, conceding few goals, that is an great objective for us and an important factor."
"Kounde and Christensen are great players. They arrived this season to join the squad and help in defence and you have seen the result. We are doing really well in defence, when Marcos and Eric play as well. I have a good understanding with all of them. We are a big family, we all row in the same direction; if we are playing well then the team is good."
Soul of a leader
"Given my character and how I am and understand football perhaps I have the character of a leader. When Geri (Gerard Piqué) was with us I was also encouraging and shouting. I did it then and I still do it now. Doing that helps me to be concentrated during the game and I think I can help the team. If it is the right time, I think I am prepared to take a step forward and be one of the leaders of this new generation."
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