In spite of a huge boulevard to become the boss of the defence of FC Barcelona, Clément Lenglet has been playing upside down since the beginning of the season. A worrying situation for the Frenchman, who sees his rivals overtake him, both at club and national level.
There are traumas from which some players don’t recover. The beating inflicted by Bayern Munich (2-8), in the Champions League, could have had very negative consequences on some Barcelona players. Starting with Clément Lenglet (25 years old).
Catastrophic with Barça
It’s simple, since that nightmare in Lisbon, the central defender no longer puts one foot in front of the other. Renowned for his good reading of the game and his ability to avoid the duel thanks to judicious positioning, the Frenchman has lost some of his superb. He is guilty of many blunders that have cost Barcelona dearly since the beginning of the season. Although his dismissal against Celta Vigo (3-0) had no negative consequences, his penalty conceded against Real Madrid (1-3) was a blow to his team. The same goes for his direct error that precipitated the fall of the Catalan side against Cadiz (1-2) and his hand in the box that led to a penalty against Juventus (0-3).
Fatal blunders that testify to his enormous difficulties. Last season, Lenglet played 87.5% of his club’s matches in full (35/40). Since the start of the season, the ratio has fallen dramatically to 50% (9/18). Annoyed by his repetitive mistakes, Ronald Koeman, who is still without Gerard Piqué, injured, and who can’t count on Samuel Umtiti, still in a delicate knee position, has preferred to line up his duo of Masia composed of Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza against Real Sociedad (2-1) and Valencia (2-2). A true disavowal.
Febrile with the national french team
In the selection, Lenglet is hardly any more reassuring. Whereas he had a boulevard to form a complementary tandem with Raphaël Varane in the defensive hinge, the ex-Sevillan was overtaken by Presnel Kimpembe. It has to be said that his recent performances were clearly not reassuring. During the double confrontation against Croatia (4-2, 2-1) and during the surprise defeat against Finland (0-2), Lenglet was systematically the weak link in the defence. This is a cause for concern six months before the Euro. If he continues on his way, it is perhaps not only his place in the starting eleven that he could lose…