French central defender Samuel Umtiti made his first starting appearance for Lille this Saturday. The former Blaugrana is aware of how much is expected of a player with his experience and takes responsibility, although he makes it clear that he is not the team’s savior. “I am not God” According to L’Equipe, he warned immediately after the end of the game.
The defender knows that the team’s youth will force him to take a step forward this season. “The young players listen, that’s easy for me. The group works well, but I noticed that quickly.” This team lacked a bit of leadership and calm. Some people lack it in difficult situations. “I have to play this role,” he said.
Umtiti returned to Ligue 1 eleven years later, although he was unable to complete his debut as a starter in the Lille jersey with a win and had to settle for a draw (2-2) at Rennes. The former Blaugrana completed the 90 minutes forms a tandem in the rear axle with the young Leny Yoro, who is 17 years old.
Umtiti is ready to take the lead, although he asks other players to accompany him in this work too. “Everyone brings their own experiences. I am not God. Will I change everything? No. We all have to listen, both Leny and I, when people talk on the field. I told him that age doesn’t matter to me. He too.” has to talk, because behind “We see everything. This team needs to mature. I have to give my grain of sand so that the team understands that sometimes you have to be a ‘dog’ to win and that we don’t care about the beautiful game.”
Coincidentally, Umtiti was accused on multiple occasions during his time at Camp Nou, which was officially closed last June not feeling fully committed to the team. Who saw you and who sees you.