France manager Didier Deschamps has praised Barcelona star Clement Lenglet for the way he has improved over the last season at the Camp Nou. The Frenchman has displaced Samuel Umtiti in the starting XI at the Camp Nou last season and took the pitch alongside Raphael Varane at centre-back against Albania for his national country.
— Didier Deschamps (France coach) on Lenglet: "He's a top player. He's got good technique, and despite his size, he's not bothered by individual duels. He's a player who's improving every day." pic.twitter.com/ML0qI0qb5h— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) September 9, 2019
Deschamps acknowledged that the player had a great season with Barcelona and praised the calmness that he oozes on the ball. Deschamps also stated that while he might not be the biggest of guys, he is strong in challenges and is still improving as a player.
"He had a great season with Barca," Deschamps was quoted by AS. He has a lot of serenity, assurance and technical ease. He's calm on the ball. Without being very big, he is also effective in duels and knows how to anticipate. He's still improving but he gives off a lot of confidence."
Varane and Lenglet’s partnership against Albania looked strong and Deschamps thinks that since they play for big clubs, they are accustomed to playing at the top level and that their partnership could get even better for France with the more games that they play together.
"Both play for very big clubs, they are used to a very high level," Deschamps said. "Raphael has far more international experience than Clement. Obviously, the more matches they play together, the more the partnership can be refined."