Lemar Targets Champions League Triumph With Atletico

Atletico Madrid’s new French midfielder Thomas Lemar (C) poses with his new jersey along with Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo (L) and the club’s sports director Andrea Berta during his official presentation at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on July 30, 2018. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP


France midfielder Thomas Lemar wants to lift the Champions League trophy in his debut season at Atletico Madrid with the Spanish club set to host next year’s final.

“I’m going to give everything possible to go the furthest and win this Champions League,” Lemar said Monday as he was unveiled by Atletico following his arrival from Monaco.

The 22-year-old, who was part of the France squad that won the World Cup, joined Atletico in a deal worth 72 million euros ($84 million) after three seasons at Monaco.

Lemar said the presence of international team-mates Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez at the Wanda Metropolitano had played a key role in his decision to move to Atletico.

“Antoine and Lucas have told me lots about the club. I’m very happy with the decision I made,” said Lemar, who will wear the number 11 shirt for Diego Simeone’s side.

“I know this team demands hard work and I’ll give it my all for the team. If I need to run more, I’ll do it without a problem.”

Lemar played just one of France’s seven matches at the World Cup, starting the 0-0 draw with Denmark in the group stage, and has already started training after just a short break.

“I’m looking forward to getting started with my new club, getting to know the staff, my new team-mates and the supporters.”


Monaco Suffer Lemar, Subasic Injury Blows

Monaco’s Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim gestures during the UEFA Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig v AS Monaco in Leipzig, eastern Germany on September 13, 2017. ROBERT MICHAEL / AFP

French champions Monaco will be without winger Thomas Lemar and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic for their next two Ligue 1 matches, coach Leonardo Jardim confirmed on Thursday.

Subasic suffered an ankle injury in training for Wednesday’s Champions League 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig with close-season signing Diego Benaglio taking his place, while Lemar hobbled off at half-time of last weekend’s 4-0 league thrashing by Nice.

“Subasic, he will be out for two to three weeks, and Lemar, (out) for a further 10 days,” Jardim told a pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Ligue 1 match at home to Strasbourg.

The Portuguese coach said Subasic sprained an ankle after tripping over the ball on Tuesday.

Lemar, who is yet to score this term, has a tight hamstring.

The news means the pair will definitely miss the Strasbourg match and the visit to Lille on September 22, while Subasic will be out for their second Champions League group game against Porto on September 26.


Ibrahimovic Wins ‘Ligue One Player Of The Year’ Award

Zlatan Ibrahimovic-Ligue One Player of the YearParis Saint-Germain (PSG) forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been named the ‘Ligue One Player of the Year’.

The 34-year-old Swedish bagged the award on Sunday, making it the third time in four seasons.

After scoring 35 goals in the French league and a total of 45 in all competitions, Ibrahimovic was handed the trophy by Dutch legend, Edgar Davids, at the UNFP Awards ceremony in Paris.

Also at the ceremony, Ousmane Dembele of Stade Rennais FC clinched the ‘Young Player of the Year’ award, beating Vincent Koziello of Nice, Thomas Lemar of AS Monaco and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot.

The French league champions’ coach, Laurent Blanc, claimed the ‘Ligue One Coach of the Year’ prize for the second successive season.