Simeone: ‘Torres will start’

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has confirmed that Fernando Torres will start the Copa del Rey game against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Milan striker Torres was presented at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday following his loan move from the Serie A giants, and Simeone says he will waste no time in getting him into action.

“Torres came here after training with Milan and has already played 10 League games there, while he has spent several days working with us and will start playing on Wednesday,” the Argentine told a Press conference.

“If I didn’t feel he was strong enough, with the potential to break down opposition defences, I wouldn’t pick him.

“He has different characteristics to others in our squad and will improve our attack. I have great memories of him when he was a youngster and got on well with him when he was here before.

“Right now he has arrived at an Atletico Madrid that has one of the best sides in its history and the fans are really excited. The presentation the other day with 45,000 of them there was awesome.

“We feel that we can compete for everything this year: La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey,” he added.

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