Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet Defends Challenge on Raphael Varane During Clásico

?Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has defended himself following his challenge on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane during Wednesday’s Clásico at Camp Nou. 

Though it was a high challenge inside his own penalty area, it didn’t result in a penalty being given even after a VAR check, and Lenglet insists the decision must be respected.

The game ultimately finished 0-0 in what was an incredibly dull contest between two of the most famous clubs in world football. A penalty might have changed that, but Lenglet wasn’t penalised after his studs made contact with Varane’s thigh in an effort to win a header.

Both Real coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos were unhappy, with the latter in particular describing that and a separate shirt pull on Varane as ‘pretty clear’ penalties, but Lenglet stood his ground when quizzed after the game.

“For me, it’s not a penalty,” he is quoted as saying by AS when asked about his challenge.

Lenglet insists he was simply trying to win the ball with his head and any contact with Varane was for leverage in that aerial contest.

“I wanted to get the ball out with my head and give strength to my movement. I used my body and legs for that and, unfortunately, I touched Raphael’s leg,” he explained.

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“I’m the protagonist and I know I’m going to clear the ball. I’m not a player who likes to kick people. But if some believe it’s a penalty, it’s up to the VAR. The VAR made a decision and must be respected.”

The result did nothing to the top of La Liga, with Barça and Real level on points – the Catalans are ahead by virtue of a marginally superior goal difference. Sevilla are five points back in third place, with none of the top three winning either of the last two league fixtures.


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