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Ronald Araujo identifies what Barcelona need to improve after the Intercity scare

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By Jaime Spencer

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has admitted the team are struggling to keep the lead and killing games after needing extra time to knock out bottom-flight Intercity in the Copa del Rey.

The Catalans went ahead three times against the third division club, with Araujo scoring first after just a few minutes. But Intercity responded on every occasion with Oriol Soldevila, who closed the 90 minutes with a hat-trick in his name.

Ansu Fati eventually won for Barcelona after extra time.

Araujo, who was making his first appearance for the club after undergoing thigh muscle surgery in September, referred to the 2020/21 Copa del Rey when Boat needed extra time against Cornella, then a third division club, Granada and Sevilla in the race to lift the trophy.

The Uruguayan added, however, that similar mistakes seen in the 1-1 draw with Espanyol last weekend have recurred.

“Football is like this, we won the Cup [in 2021] he always went to extra time. It should serve us to learn from it and correct things,” Araujo told the media after the match.

“We need to know how to kill games, not thinking we’ve won them. It has already happened against Espanyol. We moved forward very quickly on the board [against Intercity] and conceded a strategic objective which was their weapon. The Copa is like that.”

Despite dropping points to Espanyol last time out, Barcelona remain top of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference – the H2H record only comes when they have faced both Clasicos – and face Atletico Madrid on Sunday .

But they enter the next stretch of games without Robert Lewandowskiwhose three-match ban stemming from a red card in November was upheld following another appeal this week.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Ronald Araujo identifies what Barcelona need to improve after the Intercity scare.