Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres believes coach Diego Simeone`s clear understanding of the team`s weaknesses has been the key to their success as they seek revenge against Real Madrid on Tuesday for last season`s Champions League final defeat.
Atletico Madrid will once again have to rely on their formidable home form as they look to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit against Bayer Leverkusen to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Bayer Leverkusen let Atletico Madrid off the hook by failing to secure a bigger advantage than their 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match on Wednesday, said the Spanish side`s coach Diego Simeone.
It is hard to imagine two more different characters than Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, so it is no surprise that the Chelsea manager and his Manchester City counterpart seem to rub each other up the wrong way.
When Fernando Torres left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool in 2007, the idea of the Spanish capital`s second club being favourites to beat record winners Barcelona in a two-legged King`s Cup tie would have been unthinkable.
Fernando Torres scored his first Atletico Madrid goals in eight years as the La Liga champions dumped holders Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
A subdued Fernando Torres helped Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win over local rivals Real in the first leg of their King’s Cup last-16 tie on Wednesday in his first start since his return to his boyhood club.
Fernando Torres was responsible for the second highest attendance of the season at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday despite the fact there was no match to see as 45,000 Atletico Madrid supporters welcomed `El Nino` home.
Italian football is seeing more of footballers who have earlier plied their trade in England in the Premier League and the growth is widening day by day. With Arsenal's out of favour German international Lukas Podolski joining Inter Milan on loan in the January transfer window, another castaway player was forced to find Italian pastures in playing in the Serie A.