With France away from the group due to various physical ailments in recent months, Thomas Lemar hopes his performance with Atletico will allow him to play in the next World Cup.
With Atletico de Madrid back in shape ahead of a European clash against Manchester City on Wednesday, Thomas Lemar (27 caps, 4 goals) is aiming to find the French side in the short term. The Blues won the League of Nations without him in the fall. Out of the question, though, to miss the next World Cup. Not used much during the last Euro, the midfielder is looking to play a more prominent role during the World Cup in Qatar.
“Show what I’m worth”
“It’s a big target for me, he assured AFP. I was dropped from the final selection due to physical disturbances, but I always had that goal in my mind, to be part of the list. For the World Cup. After In the U.S., all players are important, so it’s up to me what I deserve to show my worth to the coach.” If the former has become necessary in the Monegasque club, he is not in the selection.
Fundamental in the offensive influence of the Colchoneros, Lemar has digested and assimilated the tactical and physical requirements of the game as advocated by his coach, Diego Simeone. But repeated injuries have kept him away from the French team recently.
Last called up at the September rally, Lamar missed the match against Ukraine (1-1) before missing the match against Bosnia (1-1) due to stomach ailments. Again on the score sheet against Finland (2–0), he did not come off the bench. Thomas Lamar was then unable to make it to the November and then March list due to a muscle injury.