In Barcelona, the French do not live quiet days. Upon his arrival in the ciudad Condal, Antoine Griezmann was seriously heckled because of his supposed complicated relationship with the Catalan dressing room and Lionel Messi. Before him, Ousmane Dembélé has often been singled out because of his repeated injuries and his lifestyle deemed incompatible with the high level. Then, it was Samuel Umtiti’s turn to be pushed towards the exit following recurring physical problems.
Today, it is Clément Lenglet who is in the hard. For the first time since playing for FC Barcelona, the native of Beauvais is going through a big crisis of confidence. Blame it on repeated mistakes on the meadow. Guilty of Cadiz’s equalizing penalty on the last day of La Liga, the Frenchman was seen in tears when he left Camp Nou. An accumulation of faults that seems to weigh heavily for an element supposed to ensure the leadership of the defense culé in the absence of Gerard Pique.
Supported by Koeman
A form at half mast which also pushed Ronald Koeman to take the risk of aligning Pique against Paris Saint-Germain while the 2010 world champion was playing again for the first time in nearly three months. So not easy for a Lenglet plastered on the front page of Mundo Deportivo from this Tuesday. A photo of the former Nancy on which we can read “No more mistakes! “ To cheer him up, we’ve known better. But for Koeman, Lenglet, whose presence in the eleven against Elche is uncertain, is not the only culprit.
“I spoke with Clément this morning. He’s a good professional and a serious player who takes all of this very seriously. As I said before, a single player is not guilty of lost points. Of course he could have done better with this action (which resulted in the penalty for Cadiz), but the other players also made mistakes. In attack, we could also have been more efficient. At 2-0, this error would not have been decisive. He needs to improve like everyone else. These are decisions a coach has to make (whether or not to line up against Elche). A player must be convinced and show that he has confidence in himself. But it depends on the physical and mental state of each player ”, he said at a press conference.