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Torres eyes first appearance against Atlético at the Calderón
Injury prevented the Chelsea striker from featuring for Liverpool in the Spanish capital, although he did face the Rojiblancos in the Super Cup in Monaco.
Fernando Torres will be one of the main attractions in the Champions League semi-final clash between Atlético Madrid and Chelsea.
The Fuenlabrada-born striker, who has struggled to win the confidence of Blues manager José Mourinho, could play against Atleti at the Vicente Calderón for the first time since he left the club for Liverpool. Injuries forced him to miss the Reds’ two matches away at Atlético during his spell at Anfield, although his appearance in Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to the Rojiblancos in Monaco means it will not be the first occasion that he has come up against the Liga BBVA outfit.
Torres, who left Liverpool to join Chelsea three years ago, was part of the team that fulfilled the dream of Roman Abramovich’s multi-million-pound project by winning the club’s first ever Champions League in 2012. Chelsea’s Europa League final win the following season, in which Torres also featured, then completed the European set of trophies for the Stamford Bridge side, which already had two Cup Winners’ Cups and one Super Cup in its trophy cabinet.
The 30-year-old player has appeared for Spain at the Calderón since his departure from Atlético, coming on as a late substitute during La Roja’s 1-1 draw against France in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.