Clemens Lenglet is currently heavily criticized at FC Barcelona. Former Catalans player Jeremy Mathieu has now defended his French compatriot, reporting on his difficult time at Barca.
“Everyone is killing Lenglet – I know how it is. He has to try to be positive to turn the tide and do his best,” Mathieu told the Catalan radio station RAC1.
Lenglet was responsible for a late penalty in Barca’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz last Sunday after having had a bad day in the 4-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain and cut a bad figure with two goals conceded. “I don’t know if Lenglet should have risked going to the ball there. Maybe not,” said coach Ronald Koeman after losing two points in the league.
The 25-year-old is currently considered one of the scapegoats in the ongoing crisis at FC Barcelona. A situation that reminds Mathieu of a certain time with the Catalans. “I had a very bad time in Barcelona my last year,” said the 37-year-old, who played for Barca between 2014 and 2017.
He particularly remembered the 3-0 defeat in the premier class against Juventus Turin. “I felt I was to blame for the defeat in Turin, but I don’t understand why they knocked me down,” explained Mathieu: “There are 11 players in football.”
Mathieu: Griezmann’s move to Barca “a mistake”
Antoine Griezmann, who is increasingly criticized again after his interim high, is also experiencing something similar to Lenglet. “He’s not at the same level as Atletico. I think it was a mistake for him to join Barcelona,” said Mathieu.
The Frenchman moved from Barcelona to Sporting Lisbon in 2017 and ended his career in 2020 after three years with the Portuguese.