Atletico – Chelsea: Torres and Thibaut news
Today’s sporting news may be dominated by the dismissal of The Chosen One – but there is the small matter of a Champions League semi-final involving an English club.
April 22nd, 2014
And it should be quite an affair for a player who shares history between the two clubs, as visitors Chelsea’s Fernando Torres revisits Atletico Madrid, the club he grew up supporting and playing for.
With Samuel Eto’o missing from a knee injury thought to have been sustained during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland at the weekend, manager Jose Mourinho has stated that Torres could be given the opportunity to play against his boyhood team, for whom he starred in scoring six goals and helping Atletico cruise to a Segunda Division title in 2001-2002.
Six years and seventy-six more league goals later, Torres moved to current league leaders Liverpool for a figure in the £20 million region – less than half that which brought him to Chelsea in 2011 after just over 100 league appearances for Liverpool.
Tonight the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League winner – all with Chelsea – will be hoping for a warm welcome at the same stadium in which he first plied his trade; but of course, that’s all down to a pensive Jose Mourinho.
The debate rages on over another player linked between both Chelsea and Atletico – more literally than figuratively of course, as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been cleared by parent club Chelsea to line up against them for Atletico.
A fee levied by Chelsea believed to be £5 million for the two-legged semi-final was found to be “null, void and unenforceable” by UEFA.