Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, during a match with the FC Barcelona

PULSE BETWEEN FRENCH

Umtiti poses a new war for ownership with Lenglet

Published:27/02/2020 - 21:00h

Updated:27/02/2020 - 21:00h

It seemed that Clément Lenglet had consecrated like the couple of dance of Gerard Hammered in the defence, but Samuel Umtiti reappeared to open the debate

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Quique Setién has directed ten parties like trainer of the first team of the FC Barcelona, by what is normal that, to these heights, still was not clear which is his eleven type. There are some footballers that seem indisputable for the Cantabrian, whereas many others will have a hard competition to do with the place.

In the axis of the defence have examples of the two types. In the first place, Gerard Hammered, that does long that it is usual headline and that, from the course of Carles Puyol, has turned into the indisputable leader of the saga. However, there is a lot of more doubts about his couple of dance in the centre of the retaguardia, with Samuel Umtiti and Clément Lenglet like candidates.

With Ernesto Valverde and also owing to the constant injuries of Umtiti, Lenglet won clearly the game in front of his mate but, with Quique Setién, seems that this has gone back to begin from zero. In fact, of the ten parties directed by the new technician, six has played them Lenglet and Umtiti four, but this last has been headline in the duels against teams more powerful like Valencia, Naples or Getafe.

It is true that Umtiti still is far of recobrar the extraordinary level that had before his constant problems in the knee, but the true is that the version that is showing in the last weeks has been sufficient to reopen the debate about the mate of Hammered in the defence. The Catalan aims to the Classical after going out touched of the Naples-Barça and, therefore, there will be again doubts until at the end to know what French accompanies him.

The strong points of Umtiti and Lenglet

To technical level, Samuel Umtiti is a footballer very very gifted and that, maybe, gives better fluidity that his mate when taking out the balloon played. In this sense, is a footballer of 'profile Setién', although of course still has not achieved to recover the physical state that had before his injury in the knee. If recobra this level, part with a lot of advantage to recover the place.

Nevertheless, in the last season and average, there is not doubt that the level of Lenglet has been very upper to the of his compatriot. The French always leaves a very correct performance, is very serious backwards, commits very few errors and goes well in the aerial game. If both are to the one hundred by one hundred, is true that Umtiti is very difficult to surpass, but being objective with the seen in the last months, Lenglet carries the forward.

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