Atletico de Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar defends himself against criticism of his team’s too defensive and restrictive style of play in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Manchester City, Wednesday (9 pm on RMC Sport) Did. ,
Since his arrival in 2018, Thomas Lemar (26) is now very familiar with Atlético de Madrid’s style of play. And the French international defends himself against criticism over the very defensive and restrictive approach advocated by his coach, Diego Simeone. Colchoneros finished notably in the first leg (1–0 loss) of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City without shooting even once in the direction of the opposing goal.
“Maybe it’s not pretty, but it’s effective”
“I have nothing to say to him,” replied the former Monegasque on important people, in an interview with AFP. Look at the statistics after Koch’s arrival (in 2011, editor’s note). Maybe it’s beautiful to look at No, but it’s effective. Atletico is winning, and that’s the most important thing.”
Last season, the club won the Spanish league title and is currently struggling to maintain its place in the top 4 of La Liga. They will try to overthrow Manchester City in the second leg of the quarter-finals (9pm on RMC Sport 1) on Wednesday, where Atletico will be up against the wall.
“We’re not going to lie to each other, even we’re scared from time to time,” ex Canis smiles. If we can change the situation, we would prefer not to be scared. In a few matches, there were a lot more (laughs).”
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The 2018 world champion admits to getting better after a month marked by injuries and Covid. In this more axial role that Diego Simeone coined for him, he has found time to play in recent weeks. Which always pushes necessity to its climax. “This hardworking side, I already had, Lamarr explains. But I continued to work more on my negative points, which became positive points… It is especially in the defensive area. In ball recovery, In defensive recess. On that, I worked a lot. It allowed me to broaden my palette. Now, I’m a more complete player than I was before.”
With four goals and six assists, he believes he is having his best season “statistically”. “At the collective level, I would choose last season, because we became champions”.