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LINDGREN AT HOME IN LIONS' DEN

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren is delighted to be making himself at home in Częstochowa as his side launches their PGE Ekstraliga season.

11 / 04 / 2021, 11:32

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren is delighted to be making himself at home in Częstochowa as his side launches their PGE Ekstraliga season.

The Lions host champions Leszno this evening, with the visitors determined to bounce back from a home loss against Gorzow last Sunday – their first league defeat at the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium since 2017.

Lindgren starts his fourth straight season in Częstochowa and spent plenty of time in the city last year due to the pandemic, with his wife Carolina even giving birth to their first daughter Millie-Li there.

We have a new, hungry young team and I think everyone is hungry for success in Częstochowa. So am I. I’ll give them everything I have.

Freddie Lindgren

The Lindgrens, who also have a base in Andorra, have built up such a strong connection with Częstochowa that they’re building a house there.

“It’s not quite finished just yet,” Freddie said. “Maybe it will be in one month we hope. Then we can move in and I can bring my family over.

“We really enjoyed staying in Częstochowa last year. That’s why we made the choice to get a house here. It means we can be based here during the season and ease up on the travelling. It’s a really nice city with very friendly people.

“The club is really looking after us very well. They are very professional and friendly, and if you need anything, they do everything they can to help us. We feel very welcome here.”

The Lions saw Aussie star Jason Doyle, Rune Holta and Paweł Przedpełski depart after the 2020 season, with former World Under-21 champion Bartosz Smektała, Kacper Woryna and under-24 rider Jonas Jeppesen coming into the side in their place.

Lindgren joins skipper Leon Madsen in leading the much-changed team once again, while Jakub Miśkowiak remains their star junior rider.

“We have quite a lot of changes to be honest,” Lindgren said. “Me and Leon are back at the top. We have the same juniors as last year, but we also have some new talent coming in with Smektala and Woryna. They are two very promising, young Polish riders. I really look forward to working with them.

“We also have Jonas Jeppesen, who is our under-24 rider. I watched him a lot on television last year, especially when he was riding in the Swedish league with my brother Ludwig in Kumla. I was very impressed with him.

“We have a lot of talent and a lot of promise. If they can keep up their progress, we can be a hard-charging team for sure.

“We have a new, hungry young team and I think everyone is hungry for success in Częstochowa. So am I. I’ll give them everything I have.”

Lindgren admits his side faces a testing opener against a Leszno side chasing the club’s fifth straight PGE Ekstraliga title.

He said: “It’s a strong start – the reigning champions are coming to town. It’s going to be a really tough test for us.

“But we are up for it. We’ve had some good times together with the team now and we are starting to gel. We are aiming to get off to a winning start and go from there.”

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