News that Real Madrid are set to invest huge money in a redevelopment project of the Santiago Bernabéu has divided opinion among the fanbase, with many members concerned about the debt the club will acquire.
The visitors struggled to create openings at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez but Lemar put the finishing touch to a quick counter-attack after an hour to net his first goal since his close season move from Monaco.
He told Spanish broadcaster Movistar+: "We already know what Modric's like, he's a great player and he gives us a lot in each game".
In sharp contrast, Ronaldo was sent off on his first Champions League appearance for Juventus after clashing with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo in an off-the-ball incident.
"I have asked them to include us in the Eastern Conference, but at the moment it is not possible, imagine that all the Spaniards who play in the National Basketball Association are on our team, we would go and play several games in a row, it would not be complicated".
Isco, Gareth Bale and returning striker Mariano Diaz were on the scoresheet for Real Madrid with a win ensuring the ideal start to their defence of the Champions League title.
"It is the toughest test we've faced so far this season at the Bernabeu", he said.
The other game in the group saw CSKA Moscow score a last minute penalty as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Viktoria Plzen.
"They are a side that has improved and the squad is more complete, has more depth".
"They're training well, competing well", Lopetegui said.
This was also the first time Lemar looked like the player Atletico must have hoped they bought when they spent 72 million euros ($84 million) on him in the summer.