Following Atletico Madrid’s semi-final win over Bayern Munich via an away-goal to seal second final berth in three years, Spanish striker says team is ready to beat any side to conquer Europe
Munich: Fernando Torres is backing Atletico Madrid to win the Champions League in Milan after Antoine Griezmann’s crucial away goal fired them into the final on May 28.
Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres (extreme left) celebrates with teammates after the Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich in Munich on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Atletico reached their second Champions League final in three years, despite losing 2-1 at Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the semi-final return leg as it finished 2-2 on aggregate.
After Atletico had beaten Bayern 1-0 in Madrid, Griezmann’s crucial away goal helped Diego Simeone’s Atletico to reach the final.
Bayern and coach Pep Guardiola will rue Thomas Mueller’s penalty just after Xabi Alonso had given the hosts the lead by crashing home a first-half free kick. There was similar drama in the second half when Manuel Neuer saved Torres’ late penalty attempt for Atletico.
"We want to win the tournament," said the 32-year-old Torres, who won the 2012 Champions League title while at Chelsea. "We have the chance to create history and the opponent is irrelevant. We’ve beaten the champions of Holland, Spain and now Germany (PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Bayern) to get the final.
"It was very intense and I’m so proud of this team. It’s fully deserved and we’re closer to our dream. When you play against a side like Bayern, you can’t play the game you want. They created a lot of chances and put us under a lot of pressure. In the second half, we did things differently, pressed them high, counter attack and we got the goal. The most important thing is we’re in the final."