Fernando Torres’ Champions League Experience Would Be Crucial, Says David Simeone

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says that the Champions League experience of Fernando Torres will be extremely crucial for the club when they take on Rostov in the group D match.

The Spaniard has managed to win a whole host of trophies at club and international level. He has been the winner of the World Cup and European championships with the Spanish national team, while he won the Champions League with Chelsea back in 2012.

How the Premier League compares among Europe’s Big 5

The English Premier League is considered by many as the most exciting football league in the world. It’s certainly the most popular when it comes to television ratings and revenue worldwide.

This despite the Spanish La Liga dominating both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League over the past three seasons and storming away in the UEFA Coefficient member rankings.

Atletico Players Still Trust Simeone

Fernando Torres says that despite the poor form shown by Atletico Madrid, the players still trust manager Diego Simeone and his tactics.

The club slipped to sixth place in the table after a second consecutive loss in the league. This time around, it was quite a heavy 3-0 defeat against Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

The possibilities of Atletico Madrid being even close to winning the title are slowly slipping away.

GERRARD WINS TOP PLAYERS FROM LIVERPOOL-UNITED VOTE

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has emerged the winner of a fans’ vote organized by Sky Sports for the top 50 players to come out from Liverpool and Manchester United.

The ex-Reds midfielder led the pack after garnering 49,000 votes. In second place is Barcelona talisman Luis Suarez with 40,000 votes.

TORRES SAYS SIMEONE’S EXIT RUMOURS “NOT REAL”

Spanish footballer Fernando Torres has dismissed rumours that coach of Atletico Madrid Diego Simeone might leave the club soon.

There have been reports that Simeone reduced the length of his contract with the La Liga side as he was planning his exit. The reports claim the coach’s deal would now lapse in 2018 instead of the intended 2020.

Liverpool Wrongly Portrayed Me as a Traitor, Says Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres has spoken about incidents that led to his move to Chelsea in 2011 and also the unfair portrayal by Liverpool supporters.

On numerous occasions, Liverpool fans have voiced their hatred against the Spaniard and have branded him as a traitor. He was one of the most favourite players in a Liverpool shirt just before his move. Torres achieved this legendary status after having scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances for the club. However, he felt that the direction that the club was about to take under the new ownership was not going to immediately result in trophies.

TORRES IN SKILLS DISPLAY AS ATLETICO DEFEAT SPURS

Former Liverpool talisman Fernando Torres displayed his impressive skills as Atletico Madrid defeated Tottenham Hotspurs in the International Champions Cup.

The player used to be the skipper at the club in his younger days before his big money move to England to play at Anfield. Since joining Chelsea from Liverpool, his career has dwindled as he struggled with form. He has been written off many times in the latter stages of his football career but he has showed a possible renaissance since returning to his boyhood club last term

CONCERNS ABOUND ABOUT IBRAHIMOVIC’S SWITCH

Very recently, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced that he was joining Manchester United to play under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, confirming months of speculations.

The player has been described as an impact player and expectations are heightened, considering his exploits in the French League.

Ibrahimovic got on board from Malmo then he moved to the Eredivisie where he made exploits at Ajax FC. From Ajax, he moved to Italy to play for Juventus then Inter Milan. In 2009, he made a £59 million move to Catalan giant Barcelona. He played just a season before he moved to AC Milan on loan. He returned to the Spanish giant before he joined AC Milan on a permanent deal. He moved to Paris Saint Germain in 2012 where he broke lots of records.

TORRES RATED POORLY SINCE LEAVING LIVERPOOL

A list of players who have performed poorly since leaving Anfield was compiled and Fernando Torres was among.

Looking at the fortunes of players who were at their prime or who at least had it going before leaving the club, Torres would rank as one of the poor performers.

The player was a wonder in front of goal during his glory days at Atletico Madrid. He joined Liverpool and was given the famous No 9 shirt. The player enjoyed an amazing season scoring over 30 goals in his debut season at the club. He eventually netted 81 times in 142 games but the goal scorer joined Chelsea FC and never reached such heights again.

Fernando Torres to miss the Euros in France

Fernando Torres is yet another star player that is going to miss the Euros in France.

The Atletico Madrid striker has not been selected in the team despite having been quite prolific since his return from injury. Indeed, the former Liverpool and Chelsea player has scored 7 goals in his last 11 games, and this has fueled rumors that he might be recalled to the Spain national team.

However, the Spain manager Del Bosque has said that he did not want to take any gamble. He has only selected players that have been fit during the season and also players that have been consistent. For him, Torres is a good player but at the moment, there is no guarantee that will be able to perform at an international tournament like the Euros. He prefers to select players that are physically fit and that may be able to help the team achieve something in France.

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