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'I was crying with joy' - Araujo hails Barcelona Spanish Super Cup win and insists club are ready for 'new era'

10:22 AM EST 1/16/23
Araujo
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo claimed the club's Spanish Super Cup victory over Real Madrid is the start of a new era.
  • Beat Madrid 3-1 in final
  • First trophy of Xavi's reign
  • Araujo starred on return from injury

WHAT HAPPENED? Barcelona put Real Madrid away convincingly to win the Super Cup, beating their closest rivals 3-1. It was Barca's first trophy in nearly two years, with a young, energetic squad getting their hands on a piece of silverware. Araujo claimed it could be the first of many.

WHAT THEY SAID: "We have been working very well," Araujo said. "The team is together, united, we are a family. It is very nice because it is the beginning of a new era."

On a personal note, the triumph was extra special for the defenders due to his recent injury troubles: "A huge happiness. I was crying with joy because I come from a very hard time with the injury, missing the World Cup. This title is a great reward for my family, for the doctors. This week was hard because the idea was to start from little to little, but the team needed me."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Xavi took over as Barcelona manager last October, and has endured a somewhat underwhelming tenure so far, failing to advance beyond the quarter-finals of the Europa League and Copa Del Rey, while also settling for a 2nd place La Liga finish.

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WHAT NEXT FOR BARCELONA? The Blaugrana face Ceuta in the Copa Del Rey this Thursday, before continuing their La Liga campaign against Getafe.