Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the injury update of Antoine Griezmann and Clement Lenglet. Griezmann and Lenglet are both one of our main players. We need a complete squad heading into the Champions League fixtures. I think Griezmann can be more vital for us than Luis Suarez. It was Griezmann who scored the only goal for us against Napoli in the first leg. On the other side, Lenglet is a permanent starter for us and he has a lot of importance in the squad. I think Lenglet adds the fighting spirit into the team.
Lenglet is a much-improved player now and he has shown through his performances that he wants to play here. Therefore, we need him back before we face Napoli in the Champions League. This article is going to cover all the latest updates about Clement Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann and there is a bit about Araujo as well. The latest updates from the club are that the players are still training. The players had their recovery session the day after the game against Alaves. I think they had one more training session or maybe not.
The players are now going to be free and it is going to be their choice if they want to keep training or not. However, I believe that they must not take this time lightly. We are up for a really difficult challenge in face of Napoli. Even if Barca wins against Napoli, they have to face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. I have positive hope for every game, but our players need to make sure that they put in the work for it.
Another update is that Setien is currently staying in Barcelona and the team is going to proceed to the CL games with him.
GRIEZMANN AND LENGLET INJURY UPDATE
Griezmann missed the game against Deportivo Alaves because he was out injured. I think that this game would have boosted his confidence if he was fit enough to play. It was very likely that Griezmann would have scored in this fixture. However, it is now time to move ahead and care about what is in front of us. Griezmann is currently injured and the reports are that he is recovering well. It is almost confirmed that Griezmann is going to return when Barcelona goes to face the dangerous side of Napoli.
Griezmann was also seen training individually. This means that he is really putting in the work and he is eager not only to return fit but also improved. This is why I love this guy. He is such a fighter. Griezmann is a really positive guy and we all know that fully fit Griezmann can be a nightmare for Napoli. As a matter of fact, it was Griezmann who scored the only goal for us when Barcelona faced Napoli in the first leg. Therefore, he is going to have a mental advantage as well if he plays that game.
Furthermore, I mentioned this above and I am going to talk a bit about it again. Griezmann is a better option than Suarez, I guess. Yes, I remember that I wrote that Suarez would have created a huge impact if he had played against Napoli. However, times are different now and a lot has happened since then. I think Griezmann is a much faster and critical player at the moment. Suarez can provide that late goal threat and we know that Suarez can finish the ball from anywhere. However, it should be Griezmann who gets more playing time against Napoli.
Lenglet is another vital player injured. I had my views against him before football was paused. However, he has come back as a much improved and better player. Furthermore, he is the kind of player who lets his game do the talking. I think he is always putting in efforts for the team and he tries his best to always be where the team needs him. If you are a regular reader to my articles then you must also be aware of the Gerrard-Lenglet chemistry I used to talk about. Both players did not have good chemistry.
However, that has also improved and I think both Center Backs now play with each other quite well. Lenglet has worked a lot to make a permanent place for himself in the starting eleven. Otherwise, Umtiti used to be considered as a better option. Now let’s talk about his injury update. There is good news. The news is that Lenglet is expected to return to full fitness before the game against Napoli. I am so glad that both of our players are going to be fit before the crucial CL game against the Italian side, FC Napoli.
I think Lenglet’s presence is also going to release some pressure from Gerrard Pique. Araujo is a bright talent as well. However, he lacks experience and expertise. Furthermore, Araujo has also been allowed by Setien to play the upcoming games for Barca B. However, Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati have not been allowed because Setien does not want to risk their injury. This decision from Quique Setien reflects two things. One is that he is certain that Lenglet is going to return. Second is that he does not plan to use Araujo in bigger games yet.
I think that Antoine’s and Lenglet’s return is going to be a huge boost for us. I have high hopes from both of these players and my team in general. Barcelona should at least advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Our focus should not be Bayern. Our focus should be Napoli. We have to focus on what is ahead of us and not what might be ahead of us.
Anyway, this is it from our side. Stay tuned for more content. We are going to be covering a lot of news and whatever you need to know.
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