Real Madrid can be punished on the counter-attack

Fernando Torres says that Real Madrid can be punished on the counter-attack and Atletico Madrid should be aware of this aspect when they travel to the Santiago Bernebeu for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The first leg ended as a disappointing 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon, but it was positive news for Atletico. They can now score an away goal at the Santiago Bernebeu and it would force Real to search for two in reply. Even though the home team will be the favourites to progress, Atletico have had a stronghold against their much illustrious rivals this season.

The duo have played each other seven times already this campaign and Atletico have stayed unbeaten in all of these matches. This unbeaten tag was preserved even into 2015 due to goals from the likes of Fernando Torres, who returned to the club in the January transfer window. Ahead of the second leg, Torres says that Atletico can feel confident about the tie against Real Madrid. Real do have to keep one eye on the la Liga title while Atletico can fully prepare and focus on this Champions League match. This may prove decisive. Torres has not yet opened his account in the Champions League this season.

“Every game we play against them is a different story and I think this one will be because of the first leg result. It was strange as it was neither good nor bad for both sides. I hope this match goes the way we want it to and I’m expecting an offensive Real Madrid, yet they can’t go mad because 0-0 means they mustn’t concede. However, I think they will attack so we need to be ready to attack and defend. I feel more comfortable when we have a good defensive block and there is space I can run in to,” said Torres.

Diego Simeone happy with Fernando Torres

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says that he is very happy with the impact made by Fernando Torres in this team. Despite the Spaniard being unable to open his account in the la Liga since his return to the Vicente Calderon, Simeone says that the overall impact needs to be judged more than by just the goal figures.

Torres has scored some important goals against Real Madrid and Barcelona, but they have come in the cup competitions. It looks like Atletico will fail in their efforts to retain the league title and it has raised questions about Torres’ contribution to the team.

Since the return of the 30-year-old, the future of number one striker Mario Mandzukic has been thrown into doubt. The former Bayern Munich man was dropped to the bench for the crucial match against Sevilla, which finished has a 1-1 draw. As a result of these two dropped points, Atletico have conceded defeat in the title race. The club will now be looking to cement their position in the top three of the table.

It would be sufficient to give them Champions League football for next season. After having recovered from their financial difficulties of the last decade, finances from the Champions League will be very crucial indeed.

"His entering [against Sevilla] boosted our counter-attacks and offensive connections. You could see that we could be dangerous in some counter-attacks. The introduction of Torres to the team makes me very happy. We need men of his characteristics and the enthusiasm with which he took the field. We need people who understand that no-one is more important than the team, no-one, not even the coach," said Simeone. Atletico Madrid have fallen seven points behind la Liga table leaders Real Madrid with both teams having played the same number of matches – 26.

Filippo Inzaghi proved his backing of Torres to be best for Team

AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi has once again proved his backing to striker Fernando Torres, who has failed to recapture his Liverpool form since the loan move to the Italian outfit.

After three very miserable years at Chelsea, Torres finally decided to bring his spell in the English game to an end. He moved to AC Milan on a two-year loan spell that effectively brought an end to his career at West London. This move was widely anticipated to revive his form, as many expected him to score goals in the same manner as he did when he was a Liverpool player.

The Milan career started promisingly after scoring in one of his first few matches. The goals, however, have dried of late and the forward has scored only two goals in the last 10 appearances. This poor run of form in front of goal is also having an effect on AC Milan. They may have scored 20 goals in the opening 11 league matches, but most of them have come from across the pitch. The club would have been challenged near the top of the table had they found a regular goalscorer in Torres. There has been pressure on Inzaghi to drop the former Liverpool man, but he is retaining his belief for the moment.

"I believe Fernando and his way of working.He's come from a period of being inactive and he needs to regain match fitness. Hopefully the goals will come tomorrow [against Sampdoria],” said the Milan manager. Torres has not scored in more than 400 minutes of action. As a result of the poor form, Milan have slipped an astonishing 11 points behind table leaders Juventus. However, they are only four points off the final Champions League qualification spot, which appears to be a major objective for the club.

Fernando Torres wants to be Top Scorer in Italian Series A

AC Milan’s Fernando Torres, who is on loan from Chelsea, says that he wants to finish as the top scorer in the Italian Serie A this season.

This is despite Torres finding the back of the net only once this campaign. Former Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez has been the best striker in the league this season. Along with Napoli forward José Callejón, these two players lead the goalscoring charts with eight goals so far. Torres may have scored only one, but he has not given up on the prospect of finishing as the top scorer.

Winning the Golden Boot used to be a regular occurrence when Torres was at Liverpool, but he has struggled for form ever since making the move to Chelsea in 2011. He appears to be low on confidence as he even at Milan he has wasted some good opportunities. Many remain confident that Filippo Inzaghi is the best manager to get Torres fired up once again. After all, Inzaghi is regarded as one of the finest strikers in Italian football over the last two decades. In the absence of Torres being on the scoresheet regularly, other players like Honda have had to step up. The Japanese midfielder has not disappointed and he has six in 11 matches this campaign.

“If a game ends goalless but we’ve created five chances that’s a good sign. There have only been a few games where we’ve created less than we should have. That’s a problem.However, it’s now up to us, the forwards. Honda can’t always score.My goal is still to be top scorer. Milan brought me here to score and take advantage of chances, it’s my job.If I don’t do that I belong somewhere else. Having said that, scoring a goal isn’t an obsession,” said Torres.

Torres Linked Heavily To Roma Move

There have been intense rumours linking Fernando Torres with an exit from Chelsea as the transfer window approaches its end. Torres had been looking certain to stay at Chelsea this season after Jose Mourinho said on several occasions that he would like to keep the Spaniard despite his poor form. However, new transfer rumours have emerged linking Torres with a move to Roma with their striker Mattia Destro moving in the opposite direction. Torres has been a major disappointment since his £ 50 million transfer from Liverpool and there have been no signs that he is likely to find his former glory days.

The 30-year-old has missed some sitters during the pre-season friendly matches. He is likely to be the second choice striker behind Diego Costa, who has come to the club for £ 32 million. Costa made his mark and showed what Chelsea were missing in the last three years by scoring a striker’s goal against Burnley in the opening weekend. Mattia Destro, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the promising strikers in Italian football after scoring 13 goals in 20 matches last season. However, it is quite possible that manager Rudi Garcia may not start with Destro on a regular basis. A swap deal, though, has been rejected by the agent of Destro.

"It's true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia. But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it's all speculation. Roma don't want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma," said the player’s agent, Renzo Contratto. At just 23 years of age, Destro will compliment Chelsea’s current crop of strikers, Diego Costa and Didier Drogba. Drogba is widely believed to be a stopgap solution before Chelsea find a suitable replacement for Torres to act as the backup for Costa. Destro would cost around £ 20 million.

Ji-Sung Has High Hopes For South Korea

Park Ji-Sung reckons that South Korea would be able to become the World Champions at some point of time in future.
Park said this in one of the BBC programmes a few days ago. This is a big statement made by the former South Korean skipper.

It’s true that South Korea is way ahead of the other Asian teams in terms of skill, but, they are still very much behind if compared to the teams from other parts of the world. Even in the ongoing FIFA World Cup, they couldn’t get through their group.

Park himself also admitted that South Korea can’t be compared to the teams from Europe at this point of time, but, according to him, the game has developed a lot in his country in the recent past. The high quality players are coming through the ranks quite frequently now and South Korea will be a really strong unit a few years down the line.

Speaking in that programme, Park said, “Well, I know that there is a big gap between us and the European nations as of now, but, it would be narrowed pretty quickly and I truly believe that we can lift the cup someday.”

What Park is saying might be right, but, the truth is that South Korea’s performance has actually deteriorated at the bigger stages in the last one decade. They had taken the football world by storm by making it to the round of 4 in the 2002 World Cup, but, in the next World Cup which had taken place in Germany, they got knocked out from the group stage.

Then, in South Africa, 4 years back, they made it to the pre quarter finals, but, couldn’t go ahead. And now in Brazil, they have again suffered an early exit. So, this, in a sense, contradicts the statement made by Park.

Torres Believes Spain Will Return To 'Winning Ways'

Chelsea star Fernando Torres has stated that he expects the Spanish national team to return to winning ways after being humiliated 5-1 by Netherlands in the opening group match at the World Cup 2014. Spain came into the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the title. They have won the last three major tournaments in which they have participated. After having lost the Confederations Cup last summer, there were doubts as to whether Spain would struggle in this competition. The doubts only increased after a 5-1 humiliation against Netherlands.

Despite going into the half-time break with a 1-0 advantage thanks to a penalty from Xabi Alonso, Spain capitulated in the second half with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben starring the Spanish defence apart. Both these players grabbed two goals each to move in front of several players in the FIFA Golden Boot award race. The defeat puts them at a serious disadvantage – especially with regard to goal difference – in order to get away from the group stages. The remaining two matches will be against Chile and Australia.

Torres, who came off the bench against Netherlands, says that he expects Spain to play like world champions against Chile. Torres has seen Diego Costa take up the first-team spot. “There are people who have taken advantage of the defeat to stick the boot in. But within the squad we don’t need to criticise ourselves. It would be easy to point fingers and look out for the guilty people to blame but that is an excuse for losers. This is a group which wins and loses together. The people who look to lay the blame are people who have competed at this level,” said the Chelsea striker.

After months of speculation, it was recently confirmed that he would stay at Chelsea into the new campaign.

Mourinho Looking For Falcao Or Costa

Jose Mourinho’s ambition to add a new and reliable striker during the summer transfer window is nothing new as the Portuguese coach has been expressing his desire to improve the attacking department of the team by signing a fluent forward who can seriously increase Chelsea’s chances on not only competing in the Premier League but also the Champions League of the upcoming season.

Radamel Falcao from As.Monaco and Diego Costa from Athletico Madrid are the players which seem to be ones that Mourinho is most interested in signing but despite this, the former Real Madrid manager has already stated that Torres is not for sale.

"I keep saying the same Fernando is not the kind of player that with half a chance, he scores a goal. He's not the kind of guy that's going to score goal after goal. But the way he works, the way he moves, the work he contributes for the team... he is a player that I like, a player that the club respects and we are happy to have him next season, no problem." Mourinho announced.

Inter Milan is interested in signing Fernando Torres as the president of the Italian club, Piero Ausilio confirmed this by releasing statements which certified all of the rumors and links that were being spread around in the past few days.

"Yes, he is a player we're following. Torres's career speaks for itself, the titles he has won and the teams in which he has played. It's all about whether he has the right motivation and the desire to be part of a new ambitious project." Piero Ausilio said as he told reporters.

Selling Fernando Torres would give Jose Mourinho a cash injection that would help him in his journey of signing Diego Costa but it seems like the Spanish forward will be remaining at Stamford Bridge for another season.

MOU BACKS TORRES

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has come to the support of Fernando Torres – just few days after criticising him indirectly for not performing well in the 3-1 defeat against Paris St Germain – by saying that striker still has a future at Chelsea.

Torres’ position at the club has come under increasing threat following a run of several matches without a goal. The striker has scored only four goals in the league this season and Mourinho has been critical of his performance throughout this campaign. The Portuguese has said that Chelsea would have been top of the table by a long-distance had his strikers scored more goals.

Only Samuel Eto’o has been able to salvage some pride by scoring more than 10 goals in what is turning out to be a poor season for Chelsea’s strikers. The club are heavily linked with moves for Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao in the summer. Torres, meanwhile, has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid in the last few weeks. After appearing in the club’s new kit launch video, some of the rumours have died down. Mourinho has further attempted to instil some confidence in the player by saying that Torres remains part of Chelsea’s future.

The player still has two years left on his contract.
"Does he have a future? Yes, he has. He is under contract, he's a good professional. He works hard for the team, he brings positive things to the team. Obviously, we want him to score more goals. Obviously, he wants to score more goals. It's not just me that wants. People that give everything they have you never can blame and you never can complain. When he's on the pitch he tries to do his best,” said Mourinho.
Torres last scored for Chelsea towards the end of February in the 1-1 draw with Galatasaray.

TORRES MIGHT MOVE

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has once again raised the possibility of leaving the West London outfit in the summer after refusing to rule out a potential transfer rumours linking him with a return to Atletico Madrid.

Torres has been a failure at Chelsea after managing to score just 19 league goals in more than 100 appearances. Even though he has managed to lift the trophies like Champions League and FA Cup, it has been rumoured that Jose Mourinho wants to improve the frontline by bringing in a striker to score goals.

Mourinho has praised on several occasions the endeavour of the Spaniard, but he says that the club will certainly do well with the addition of a player to score goals. Chelsea have been widely linked with a move for Diego Costa, but signing him may prove to be a problem due to the financial fair play regulations. Hence, it has been rumoured that Chelsea are considering a swap deal involving Torres, which would potentially lower the price of Costa. It was also marked the return of the hometown hero, who left in 2007 for Liverpool.

Torres recently turned 30 years of age and spoke about the possibility of returning to Atletico Madrid. He refused to rule out a move by saying that anything is possible in football.

“In football, you never know. You don’t know where you’re going to be tomorrow, in a week’s time or in 10 years’ time. How can I answer that question? You never know where life is going to take you. There’s nothing to say I’d end up with Diego Simeone here (at Chelsea) or at Atleti. Who could have told me that I was going to coincide with Rafa Benitez at two different English clubs? He [Simeone] taught me how to be a captain; he taught me a lot in the seasons we played together at Atleti,” said Torres.

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