Araujo is becoming one of the proper names of this Barcelona. When Gerard Piqué was injured in November, all the alarms sounded but, more than two months later, the youth squad has earned the trust of Koeman and the respect of the football world. He has become one of the technician’s untouchables and the numbers support him. In fact, only Juve, and specifically Morata, has managed to dribble the Uruguayan once in the 15 games in which the Barca shirt has been worn.

Undoubtedly a devastating statistic that shows that, despite his 21 years, he is a solid, confident player and whose pulse does not shake when going to court. Therefore, Morata can boast of being the only one who knows what it is to haggle against the Uruguayan. Araujo has met UE Cornellà in the Cup, Athletic, and Real Sociedad, in the Super Cup, Celta, Sevilla, Levante, Real Sociedad, Valencia, Valladolid, Eibar, Huesca, and Athletic, in LaLiga, and Ferencváros and Juve,

In the round trip, in the Champions League. Of all these rivals, only the Italian team was able to dribble Araujo and only once. Impressive records for a young player who debuted this summer for the first team because Barcelona was not able to close the arrival of Eric García

Araujo also plays everything. Even on Thursday, he did not enter the rotations of the KO tournament against UE Cornella and he was one of the key pieces. In addition to his strength in defense, he caused the first penalty of the night.

Koeman’s confidence in the young center-back is so great that the Uruguayan is the only player on the squad to have completed the last three games. That is the extensions in the semifinal and final of the Super Cup and on Thursday in the Cup. He accumulates 360 minutes on nine days and, except for a capital surprise, he will be back on Sunday on the Camp Nou pitch against Elche.