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Thomas Lemar defends Atlético’s style of play

Following their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City last week, Atlético Madrid face the English champions again this Wednesday night in the return leg. Ahead of the match in the Spanish capital, French international Thomas Lemar (26) spoke to AFP about Diego Simeone’s infamous, defensive style.

“I have nothing to say to [critics],” explained the 26-year-old. “Just look at the statistics since the coach arrived. Maybe it’s not the prettiest to watch, but it’s efficient. Atlético win, and that’s what’s important.”

Since Diego Simeone arrived in 2011, the club has indeed won two league titles, two Europa Leagues and two UEFA Supercups.

“We won’t lie, we do even scare ourselves from time to time. Even if we know we can change the order of the match at any moment, we would have preferred not to scare ourselves in certain matches. And there have been a decent amount.”

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