Thomas Lemar empties his bag


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Road to Paris. Tomorrow night, Atlético de Madrid will try to score their ticket to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. For that, the Colchoneros will have to bring down Manchester City, winner 1 to 0 in the first leg. Everything is therefore still possible for the people of Madrid who can count on Thomas Lemar. After a difficult month of March marked by injury and covid-19, the former Monaco player is in great shape, as he confided in an interview with AFP.

Lemar defends Simeone and Atléti

The opportunity for him to discuss the five-star clash against Skyblues and the criticism that affected Diego Simeone after the first leg. Many observers such as the media did not appreciate El Cholo’s style of play, especially since his team did not shoot once on goal. “I have nothing to say to them. Just look at the statistics since the coach arrived. It may not look pretty, but it works. Atlético wins, and that’s the most important thing.”, dropped Lemar. A player who evolved under the orders of the Argentine.

“I had a discussion with the coach last year, when I started to find my feet in the team. I have a role more suited to my style, which has facilitated my integration into the style of play at Atlético. It suits me well. This worker side, I already had it before. But I continued to work more on my negative points, which became positive points… It is especially in the defensive field. In recovering the ball, in defensive withdrawals. On that, I worked a lot. It allowed me to expand my palette. Now I am a more complete player than before.

The Frenchman sends a message to Deschamps

Present since 2018 in the Spanish capital, the former Caen player feels good there. Especially since he found Antoine Griezmann this season, on loan with an option to buy. “Antoine and I have a great bond. I get on very well with him on and off the pitch. The fact that he came back to us already touched me a lot, but so did the club. Admittedly, he was trained at Real Sociedad, but he is still a child of the club, someone who has proven himself at Atlético Madrid. And he remains a very great player. I’m sure he will help us at the end of the season.”.

The two men could also be reunited in the jersey of the Blues. Lemar, who was not present during the Nations League success, is applying for a place for Qatar. “My goal is to go to the World Cup. It’s a big goal for me. Yes, I was removed from the last selections by physical glitches, but I always had this objective in mind, to be part of the list for the World Cup. Afterwards, all the players are important, so it’s up to me to show what I’m worth, to show my value to the coach. Didier Deschamps has been warned!

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