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Torres hails Atletico return as ‘a day to celebrate’

Torres hails Atletico return as 'a day to celebrate'

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres expressed his elation at marking his return to the Spanish capital side with a victory over neighbours Real Madrid in their Spanish Copa del Rey clash.

Torres, who began his professional career at Vicente Calderon as a 17-year-old, signed for Milan in January and was immediately loaned to Atletico until the end of the next campaign in exchange for forward Alessio Cerci.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone handed a start to Torres in his first match since returning to the Spanish capital, and relished the 2-0 first-leg victory in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey last-16 clash.

“We are happy for a lot of things, because of the work, the result, the atmosphere… It’s a day to celebrate,” Torres told Canal+ post-match.

“It [victory] tastes good, as always when you win against one of the best teams in the world.”

The 30-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea forward, who was replaced by Arda Turan in the 59th minute, admitted that there is still plenty of work to be done in the second leg if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

“The 2-0 lead is not definitive,” he added.

“We have done a great job, we controlled the match and Real Madrid didn’t have too many chances.”

“But 90 minutes are very long at Santiago Bernabeu. We trust in this team.”

“We knew that possesion was very important. Our team wanted to be compact and look for a fast break. We had a penalty and after we were better.”

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