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‘Barca should be focused, Napoli isn’t a Joke’ – Lenglet


Clement Lenglet has made clear that Barcelona will have to be at their best if they are to advance to the final phase of the Champions League in Lisbon.

Barcelona will take on Napoli on August 8 at the Camp Nou, with the first leg in Italy having been a 1-1 draw.

“It’s about advancing against Napoli, who are a tough team,” Lenglet told Barcelona’s club media.

“In the first leg we drew 1-1 and it’s only a small advantage [with the away goal], but I really think that we will play a great game in Barcelona to reach the next round and get a good result that will allow us to travel to Lisbon.


“The first thing we have to do is be extremely focused, perform well and try to win to get into the last eight in Lisbon.

“Then we will have to compete 100 percent to get as far as possible in the competition.”

Dries Mertens scored Napoli’s goal in the first leg and caused problems for the Barcelona defenders, with the Frenchman recognising the Belgian’s quality.

“He’s very fast in the first three metres, can move around well and likes to run behind defenders and is lethal near goal,” Lenglet said.

“He scored a good goal in the first leg.”

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Just in time, Griezmann and Lenglet set for Napoli’s Clash


Just in time, Clement Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann are back in action and could be fit to face Napoli on Saturday at the Camp Nou.

The two Frenchmen missed the end of the LaLiga Santander campaign due to injury, but they have now recovered and are only waiting for the medical green light, which they should receive in the next few days.

It comes at the perfect time as the Barcelona squad has taken advantage of the break to recover and rest after fatigue began to become noticeable due to the intense fixture list at the end of the domestic season.


Following a week off and a few recovery sessions, Barcelona will have a real boost to have these two key men available for selection.

Lenglet’s return is particularly important for Quique Setien, who does not have either Samuel Umtiti or Ronald Araujo available due to injuries of their own.

Gerard Pique has played alongside Lenglet more than any other player this season as he has become a regular in defence, and a contract extension is already being considered for the Frenchman.


Griezmann’s role

It’s a different situation for Griezmann as the former Atletico Madrid forward was just finding form when he picked up the injury, with Setien replacing him with Ansu Fati.

The youngster didn’t waste his opportunity and proved what he is capable of, which gives Setien a selection headache ahead of the tie.

Whatever he chooses, it’s sure that Setien will be criticised as he remains under the microscope with his future heavily dependent upon performances in Europe.

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Griezmann Knows he can do better – Lenglet


Close friends off the field and teammates on it, Clement Lenglet didn’t hide when asked about the form of Antoine Griezmann.

Having joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer, some have been disappointed by the forward’s contribution.

“He’s well integrated in the dressing room – really, there is no problem – but on the pitch he knows he can do better,” Lenglet told Le Parisien.

“Like Antoine, in a different style, got used to Atletico; he’s a player who we are very demanding of, but I see him working hard in training. He can only improve.

“I’m sure that everything will go well for Antoine at Barcelona.

“He’s scored 14 goals and has various assists. For a first season, that’s not bad.”

The defender also discussed the good atmosphere in the dressing room, despite off-the-pitch drama.


“It’s not difficult at all. There are still six games left, so we will try to keep winning points and hope to keep that up until the end,” Lenglet said.

“In terms of motivation, it’s difficult to do it better.

Despite that, Lenglet did admit that there are things he can learn from Real Madrid players who also come from France, like Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

“There’s no doubt that Benzema is one of the best French attackers in history; Varane is a very good player, with incredible experience; I take advantage to spy on everything good he does and copy it,” Lenglet admitted.

The 25-year-old has been a regular for Barcelona this season and will hope to maintain that in the search for the LaLiga Santander title.

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Lenglet left out, Barca Chooses Umtiti as makeweight for Lautaro

Barcelona have no plans to part with Clement Lenglet in the next transfer window, with talk of the defender being used as a makeweight in any deal for Inter forward Lautaro Martinez being rubbished by those at Camp Nou.


Sources close to the Liga giants have revealed to Goal that there is no substance to the reports suggesting that the France international could be deemed surplus to requirements.

Mundo Deportivo had claimed that Barca were willing to use Lenglet as a sweetener in their ongoing efforts to prise Lautaro from San Siro. That is, however, not the case and the player in question has been told as much.


Barca have made it clear to Lenglet, who has been on their books since the summer of 2018, that he is among those considered non-transferable.

The 24-year-old has become a regular within the Blaugrana’s back line, making 74 appearances across his two seasons in Catalunya.


With a key role nailed down, Lenglet is seen as a long-term option for Barca at the heart of their defensive unit. Taking that into account, there is no chance of him being prised from their clutches or added to a player-exchange deal which brings another fresh face into the club.

While Barcelona are eager to get that point across to any would be suitors, there is another France international centre-half in their ranks who could be lured away for the right price.


Samuel Umtiti, who became a World Cup winner in 2018, has endured injury issues during his time at Camp Nou and finds himself slipping down the pecking order as a result.

Barca are open to offers for the 26-year-old, who they tied to a five-year contract prior to seeing him conquer the world with Les Bleus on Russian soil.


He has been heavily linked with a move to England in the past, with Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Manchester United said to be long-standing admirers.

It is believed that an offer of around €30 million would be enough to tempt Barca into a sale, with there still a possibility that they will look at bringing in a new centre-half – potentially Juventus star Daniele Rugani.



CAS orders Sevilla to pay Nancy €3.7m from Lenglet transfer fee to Barcelona

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ordered Sevilla to pay Nancy €3.7m from the transfer of Clement Lenglet to Barcelona.

The Ligue 2 club released a statement saying on April 14, CAS upheld a decision by FIFA last July, which ordered Sevilla to pay part of the original fee plus interest and costs.

When they sold 24-year-old Lenglet to Sevilla for 5 million euros in January 2017, Nancy negotiated a sell-on clause for 12 per cent of any transfer profit.


How Lenglet defend varane’s challenge during El Clásico clash.

…penalty might have changed that

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has defended himself following his challenge on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane during Wednesday’s Clásico at Camp Nou.

Though it was a high challenge inside his own penalty area, it didn’t result in a penalty being given even after a VAR check, and Lenglet insists the decision must be respected.

The game ultimately finished 0-0 in what was an incredibly dull contest between two of the most famous clubs in world football. A penalty might have changed that, but Lenglet wasn’t penalised after his studs made contact with Varane’s thigh in an effort to win a header.

Both Real coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos were unhappy, with the latter in particular describing that and a separate shirt pull on Varane as ‘pretty clear’ penalties, but Lenglet stood his ground when quizzed after the game.

“For me, it’s not a penalty,” he is quoted as saying by AS when asked about his challenge.

Lenglet insists he was simply trying to win the ball with his head and any contact with Varane was for leverage in that aerial contest.

“I wanted to get the ball out with my head and give strength to my movement. I used my body and legs for that and, unfortunately, I touched Raphael’s leg,” he explained.

“I’m the protagonist and I know I’m going to clear the ball. I’m not a player who likes to kick people. But if some believe it’s a penalty, it’s up to the VAR. The VAR made a decision and must be respected.”

The result did nothing to the top of La Liga, with Barça and Real level on points – the Catalans are ahead by virtue of a marginally superior goal difference. Sevilla are five points back in third place, with none of the top three winning either of the last two league fixtures.