“A hero? I do not feel that way” – Vrsaljko

Atletico Madrid right-back Sime Vrsaljko has expressed his joy at Fernando Torres returning to health and played down his ‘small’ role in the incident.

The Croatian was widely praised for his quick-thinking response to his teammates’ loss of consciousness and is acknowledged to have played a role in the scare not becoming more serious.

"A hero? I do not feel that way," Vrsaljko told AS in an interview.

"When you see a friend down on the ground like that, in a bad way, you have to help them. So I reacted as I did, and I'm happy about it. Fernando is doing well and that is the most important of all.

"It is the first time I did anything like that. But I had heard many times that you must make sure that the person is able to breathe, to stop his tongue blocking it, to get it out.

"That was the first thing I thought I had to do. I knew what to do. But it is more about the whole team. The doctors did a great job, I just did a small thing for my teammate."

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