Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone claims that he is always a worried man towards the end of a transfer window. This is due to the possibility of losing players at the last moment, which would leave the club at a huge disadvantage in terms of squad strength. Simeone claims that he has managed to assemble the squad over the summer in such a way that it is at 99% close to completion. He expects 100% confidence in his squad once the window closes on August 31. There are still uncertainties surrounding some players at Atletico. They have already sold some key names like Turan and Mario Mandzukic.
However, Atletico have equally brought a number of names to the Vicente Calderon. Among them, the most important of the likes of Filipe Luis and Jackson Martinez. Both will provide excellent quality along with experience that will be necessary in order to win the league title once again. Atletico failure to put up any sort of a title defence has led to the club splashing out on several players. It remains to be seen if they can once again upset the odds by overthrowing both Barcelona and Real Madrid at the same time. Continue reading
Fernando Torres was all praise for Lionel Messi for the surreal goal that the Argentinean came up with in the recent Barcelona versus Atletico game.
Messi’s goal helped Barca win 1-0 and with that, they were able to clinch the top tier title there in Spain.
According to Torres, neither of the two teams was dominating for an hour or so in that game. It was completely hanging in balance, but, all of a sudden from nowhere, there came a Lionel Messi special and it all tilted in the favour of Barca.
Torres was quoted as saying, “I think we had been having a pretty good time in the game until Leo magically found the net and gave them the lead. Things changed from there onwards.”
“When you play Barca, it’s important to take the opportunities which we failed to do and that proved to be quite hurtful at the end. However, if you ask me, I would say the way we played overall, it wasn’t that bad.”
When asked about his experience on returning to Atletico where he spent many years during his boyhood learning the art of the game, the striker said, “Playing in Liga is always nice because the competition is so intense and we have done well as a team of late, whether you talk about the last season or this one, there’s been consistency in our performance.” Continue reading
Diego Simeone will last at least 5 more years as the head coach of Athletic Madrid after the Argentine coach extended his contract with the club as he penned a new deal which is going to expire in the 2020.
This is not only good news for Athletic Madrid but also for Fernando Torres has appeared to perform like he used to do some years ago as Diego Simeone appears to have found the spark that Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez and FilippoInzaghi failed to ignite.
Ever since returning to Athletic Madrid, Fernando Torres has displayed flashes of brilliance on the pitch and one of these instances was seen during Athletic Madrid’s Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid where Torres scored twice and helped his team knock out their rivals from the Spanish competition.
Torres also found the back of the net when playing against Barcelona. Even though Fernando Torres is still far away from being the same striker that he was a few years ago, he has been playing much better than he has been doing in the past 4 seasons as his career experienced a downhill ride when performing for Chelsea and Ac.Milan. Continue reading
Fernando Torres has indirectly hit back at his former boss José Mourinho by claiming that the Portuguese is only successful because he has a lot of money to spend.
Undoubtedly, Mourinho has been a manager has always had a lot of money to spend at his previous clubs. On occasions when he has not been allowed to purchase players that he wishes for, the Portuguese has been less successful. Torres was one of the world’s most expensive players after his £ 50 million move to Chelsea in 2011, but he was not a Mourinho purchase.
The Portuguese did not utilise Torres to the full extent and ended up sending him on loan to AC Milan. Now, Torres has become a permanent part of Milan and is now playing at Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the campaign. This has allowed him to get an experience of working under Diego Simeone, who has become one of the most revered coaches in European football over the last three years. Simeone has been able to make Atletico into a title winning team despite not having much resources. Instead, his work has been focused on improving the objects available at his disposal and this includes the players and the small transfer fees. Continue reading
Fernando Torres is a professional footballer from Spain, who currently plays as a striker for Atletico Madrid, on loan from Italian club AC Milan.
Torres started his youth career with the Spanish giants, progressing through the cub’s youth system before being handed his debut as a teenager. He was a highly prolific scorer for Atletico and scored 75 goals in 174 appearances for the club during his six years there. He also became the youngest player ever to be handed the captaincy at the club. Continue reading