Torres touched by emotional Atletico return

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres admitted that he was touched by the reception of the fans of his former club when he returned to play against them in the Champions League, according to ESPN.

The forward made his first return against his boy-hood club in the 0-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg on Tuesday and said that it was an emotional occasion.

The Spaniard received a loud ovation from the fans before and after the game, despite enduring a difficult match where he was left isolated in attack.

“It could not be more special than to return to the Calderon after seven years,” Torres said. “And it being the Champions League semi-finals, with all that means for this club, it could not have been better.

“During the game you compete, which is what Atletico taught me, no matter what the situation. But before and after, it was very emotional. The reception I will never forget. It is difficult to explain what I felt going onto the pitch, at the end of the game, when they sang my name. They have always given me more than I have given them.”

Although there are rumours and speculation surrounding a return to his former club as a part of a transfer deal with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois or striker Diego Costa, Torres remains coy on the matter.

The 30-year-old admitted that he still had a good relationship with manager Diego Simeone but he was just ready to take it one game at a time for now.

“I have been here today,” Torres laughed. “We must just go from game to game.”

“We have been team-mates for two years, and we have a good relationship. This is a time to be enjoyed [for Atletico]. Apart from today and next Wednesday, I want him to win always.”

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