Diego Simeone singled out Fernando Torres for praise after Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Getafe but admitted “we need more” from the striker.
The 30-year-old scored his first La Liga goal since returning to the Vicente Calderon earlier in the season on Sunday, and the Coach was optimistic it would be the first of many, providing he continued to work hard for the team.
“[Jose Maria Gimenez] is constantly improving,” he said after the game, in reference to a block to deny Freddy Hinestroza a clear goal.
“His commitment and ability to make that block reflects that. His willingness and energy is what allows him to continue competing.
“In the first 25 minutes the team played very well, with combinations, many chances and intensity. It makes me happy that Torres and Raul Jimenez combined well.
“It’s hard to play when you’re not getting many minutes, but he moved very well and improved as the match went on. We’re convinced that he’ll be a major player for the remainder of the season.
“[Torres] is getting better and now has a better understanding with his teammates. We need more from him, but he knows what’s asked of him and is accustomed to it.
“He lives for goals and needed to score in the League again. He’s great competition for [Mario] Mandzukic, who for us is a decisive player. We need more from Torres than what he’s currently giving us.”
“I’m more interested Sevilla-Villarreal [than the Clasico].”