Ronald Araújo

FC Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo has admitted that sealing Champions League qualification at Bayern Munich will be complicated but possible.

Barca were held to a scoreless draw by Benfica on Tuesday night a result which means that the second qualification spot will go to the wire with the Spanish side on seven points to Benfica’s five.

Speaking to Marca after the game, Araujo said: “We lacked a goal but we played a great game, the attitude was very good. We were able to look after their counter-attacks well. But we missed the goal that would have been the golden key in helping us qualify [for the last 16].

“They were very tight, they protected their goal well. We tried to go at them out wide, but they were difficult to beat. To their credit, they didn’t allow themselves to be broken down. We were keen to press high but we knew their ability on the break, their speed.

“We did what the coach asked and we played a good game, but this leaves a bitter taste in the mouth because we wanted to seal our qualification at home. It’ll have to be against Bayern. That will be complicated but not impossible.”

Barcelona have endured a tough start to the season and sits seventh in La Liga but will hope that the return of Xavi to the club gives them the needed boost heading into the business end of the season.

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