French defender Clement Lenglet explained how impressed he is for being part of a club like FC Barcelona, and the huge responsibility it entails.
Now that he has changed clubs from Sevilla FC to FC Barcelona, French defender Clement Lenglet is learning the huge difference of playing in a great club to an all-time great like Barça. His first few months in the Catalan club haven’t been easy, but he is now getting more of the minutes he wanted and so far things aren’t going as great as he could’ve expected.
The first match he played as a starter came with a red card for putting his elbow way up against a rival’s face when Barcelona visited Girona a couple of weeks ago in La Liga, but he already received his one-match ban.
Now he needs to focus on the next few matches because he is going to get a lot more playing time now that Samuel Umtiti is not available due to an injury, Lenglet will have to perform well during complicated times in the club as they are going through a period where many of the defenders are not playing at their best like Gerard Pique for example.
But if he plays his cards right during the next couple of month, Lenglet could very well become the perfect replacement for the Catalan defender and form a great duo alongside his compatriot Umtiti.
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Now that he started playing more for the club, France Football decided to interview him about everything that’s happening and he opened up about the experience of playing for a giant club like Barcelona.
“Barça is a club with a huge history, a special identity. The pressure around is very strong. The structure of the club and the number of employees is very impressive. There is not only football, but there is also basketball, handball…”
“The facilities, it’s top level. We have a gym that uses the latest technology. Everything we do on machines is stored in computers, calculated, analyzed. I had never seen that in my life!,” said the defender to France Football.
Lenglet also wanted to give his two cents about Lionel Messi, one of the best players in the world and the club’s current skipper: “He is a leader inside the field due to his extraordinary qualities, but he is also a great leader outside the field because of his experience and his speeches.”
“Lío doesn’t express himself that often, but when he does, everybody has to listen. Everything he says is relevant and his words always get to you,” added Lenglet.
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Clement Lenglet’s World Cup heartbreak
One of the biggest disappointments that Clement Lenglet had during last summer, was being snubbed from the World Cup list and missing out on the unique experience of winning the biggest football tournament in the world.
Lenglet’s career is still young and he knows that he will get another chance with the France National Team, his performances with the Catalan club should be good enough to get the attention of Didier Deschamps and then he will get his chance to shine. But the player does have a lot of work to do and he also has very stiff competition, because Umtiti is just another great defender that France has right now.
The French National Team also has Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, and Aymeric Laporte from Manchester City, both players who are considered among the best in the country alongside Umtiti.
“Of course I would’ve lived being with them because I know Steven N’Zonzi, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembele… Suddenly you feel that urge to be a part of an adventure as unique as that one, especially because they made the dream of every French person come through,” said Lenglet about his World Cup absence.
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