Three of the four French players of the FC Barcelona officially confirmed their call for the imminent Euro 2020, which will be played between June and July 2021 due to the postponement of the tournament suffered a year ago due to the pandemic. Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Clement Lenglet entered the list of 26 summoned that broadcast this Tuesday night Didier deschamps, French coach. By cons, as expected, he was left out of the relationship Samuel Umtiti, once indispensable in the summons of the technician ‘bleu’.
In fact, Umtiti was already, like Griezmann, runner-up in Euro 2016. The central defender signed for Barça that same summer from the Lyon and he was the undisputed starter both in the Barça team and with France until injuries radically dislodged him from both formations. It was precisely by forcing his physique to be in the 2018 World Cup, that he also won as a member of the starting lineup. The forward was also the starter in both appointments Griezmann , when he was still a player of the Atlético de Madrid. His referential role in the ‘bleu’ selection continues despite the excellent competence he has in the line of attack. Barça considers, in need of transfers as it is, that the Eurocup will be an excellent showcase for him. We must not forget that there are still 72 million euros to be amortized of the 120 that his signing as a Barça player cost.
Dembélé has recently reconquered Deschamps, who in the past publicly criticized the Barça winger for his professional neglect, to such an extent that he went two years without calling him. One season after ending the contract with Barça and without news about a renewal that the club is pursuing, the Eurocup is also an opportunity for him to shine.
As to Lenglet It should be noted that he has traveled exactly the opposite path to that of Umtiti: from forgotten by ‘les bleus’ has become to the liking of Deschamps, although not to the point of being a starter, at least for now.
The ex culé Digne, mentioned
There is another ex of the Barça, the lateral Lucas Digne, who has become an untouchable in the plans of Deschamps. His little role as a culé contrasts with the consideration he has earned in the Premier League for his benefits in the Everton.