Fernando Torres has thanked his former boss Rafa Benitez for helping him achieve a great level in his career.
There were several doubters about Torres’ ability as a striker when he was at Atletico Madrid. After all, the striker did not average even a goal every other game during his time at the Spanish club. However, Benitez put his faith on the youngster and signed him from Atletico for around £ 20 million in 2007. Torres went on to become one of the greatest strikers to have played for Liverpool in a short period of four years.
The striker went on to join clubs like Chelsea and AC Milan before now returning to Atletico – the place where he started his career. Torres still remains confident of reclaiming the glory days despite not having scored freely enough in the last six years. Ever since the 2010 World Cup, he has struggled with lack of form and fitness. Diego Simeone appeared to have briefly revived his form when he joined from Milan on an 18-month loan spell. However, that form has deserted him and Torres finds himself with just four goals in 28 appearances this season even though most of them have come as a substitute. Continue reading “Fernando Torres has thanked his former boss Rafa Benitez”
There’s no decision being made by Atletico management as yet regarding Fernando Torres.
Torres is presently at Vicente Calderon on loan and is quite keen to continue, but, because of his patchy form, it’s not certain whether the club would want to extend its association with the star player.
Torres has struggled on his comeback to Atletico as he has been able to net just 5 times in 35 games in La Liga.
The Atletico chairman, Mr. Cerezo, had very nice things to say when he talked about Torres in an interview last month, but, he refused to assure anything as far as the striker’s stay is concerned.
In the words of Cerezo, “Fernando’s one of the most loved players at our club and that love would always remain there.”
“We’ll sit and talk once the loan expires. The manager has to make the call. Fernando is very, very popular and that’s surely a bit of an advantage for him.”
Cerezo also completely rubbished the speculations that the position of Diego Simeone is under the pump after the unhappiness of the supporters over some of his recent substitutions including the one in the Sporting Gijon game which even resulted in the boos. Continue reading “There’s no decision being made by Atletico management as yet regarding Fernando Torres”
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has already begun the mind games for the upcoming La Liga campaign after stating that archrivals Real Madrid are now ready to take over the league title following the appointment of Rafa Benitez.
Even though the Spaniard has won only a handful of league titles in his career, the club have backed him to succeed Carlo Ancelotti in a successful manner. Real have so far been silent in this transfer window and have not made any headline grabbing signings. This is in sharp contrast to Atletico, who have made substantial changes to the squad and this includes the departure of Mario Mandzukic.
Simeone has been widely praised for this role in helping Atletico become the first team outside the duo of Real Madrid and Barcelona to have won the league title in the last decade. However, his team are not seen as favourites for the upcoming campaign. Reigning champions Barcelona are expected to improve even further despite not being able to sign new players until January. They have already made some key additions to the squad like Atletico midfielder Arda Turan. Despite this, the desire to win the league title after a long gap will push Madrid next season according to Simeone. Continue reading “Diego Simeone has already begun the mind games for the upcoming La Liga campaign”
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 “Diego Simeone claims that he is always a worried man”
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 “Fernando Torres was all praise for Lionel Messi for the surreal goal”
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 “Diego Simeone will last at least 5 more years as the head coach”
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 hits back at Jose”