Sunday, 22 April, 2018


Diego Simeone full of praise for "icon" Fernando Torres

Real Madrid’s Benzema controls the ball during the La Liga match against Malaga. – AP Real Madrid’s Benzema controls the ball during the La Liga match against Malaga. – AP
Noah Ferguson | 17 April, 2018, 06:26

Fernando Torres started bidding farewell to Atletico Madrid on Sunday by scoring in a 3-0 win over Levante that strengthened his team's hold on second place in the Spanish league.

Griezmann has enjoyed another fine campaign for Atletico, scoring 26 goals in all competitions - the same total he finished with last season.

Reflecting on his goal against Levante, his 100th in La Liga, Torres admitted he hopes he still has more to offer in his last few games with the club.

It would seem that most Arsenal fans think that the Gunners have absolutely no chance when we come up against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League, but perhaps our pessimism could be misplaced?

Elsewhere in Spain on Sunday, John Guidetti's early goal gave Alaves a 1-0 win at Eibar, lifting them up to 15th in La Liga.

"For financial reasons, the club had to get rid of players and wages, and they go to Levante with only 13 players from the first-team at a crucial part of the season where you have to be sharp with players in front of goal, they may struggle with it".

Torres' grievance this term has been a lack of playing time and he was a substitute again, replacing Antoine Griezmann, who was also on target.

"Last season they created the third most, and this season fourth".

The result also guarantees Atletico a place in the Champions League for a sixth consecutive season. But the visitors' resistance was broken in the 33rd minute when Vitolo weaved inside to the edge of the penalty area and slipped the ball left to Correa.

Griezmann wasted a one-on-one situation with Oier Olazabal shortly before halftime when he was booked for diving after contact with the goalkeeper.

Simeone's confidence was clear but Torres had the final say, the veteran sweeping home an instinctive volley from Correa's cross to wrap up a routine win.

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