Fernando Torres is preparing for “the game of my life” when Atletico Madrid lock horns with arch-rivals Real in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Torres was part of the Chelsea team who lifted the trophy in 2012, his goal against Barcelona in the semi-finals capping off a 3-2 aggregate victory, but he admits triumphing with Atleti would overshadow anything else he has won in his career.
“It’s the most important, most special and most beautiful match of my career,” the striker said at a Press conference.
“Anything that I can win at this club will be unlike anything I’ve won before. It’s different.
“Madrid are one of the best teams in the world, but we hope to change history.
“This is an opportunity to write a new page in history that hasn’t been written before.
“We’re not thinking about what’s been done in the past. We’re only thinking about taking a little step [forward].
“There’s no single way to achieve objectives. We have our weapons and values, and it’s important that the players who have progressed to the first team from the youth set-up can convey them to those who arrive from outside the club.
“That’s something I learned when I came back. Saul [Niguez] and Koke were children when I was in the first team previously, and now they’re here with me.
“The most important thing is the team, that’s what we have to understand. The players are only at the service of the team. The team are who wins games and trophies.
“[The CL final] means everything to me, and having the opportunity to make this dream a reality is amazing.
“This is even more than I could ever imagine. I must thank [Diego] Simeone for allowing me to return.
“I had to suffer a lot to get into the team, but I’m scoring goals again to make sure that I’m important for the team and preparing for the game of my life, which is [on Saturday].
“I hope San Siro is a magical place for all atleticos as of [Saturday]. I have many friends here, who I know will be with us.
“I see this stage as Atletico’s stadium, where we’ll look to experience a unique night for the history of our club.”