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Fernando Torres set to leave Atletico by end of the season

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Fernando Torres has revealed his plans to leave Atletico Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season to seek more game time.

The Spaniard is in his second spell at the club he left in 2007 to sign for Liverpool, and also had stints at Chelsea and Milan before returning to Spain in 2015.

Torres, 34, has only made three starts in La Liga this season and made 17 appearances from the bench, scoring two goals.

“I want to take advantage of this opportunity to say this will be my last season at the club,” Torres said at a promotional event. “It has not been an easy decision. Looking at the reality, the circumstances, perhaps it’s for the best. I accept that I’m not having much of a role, so perhaps this is the moment to step aside for others.”

“It’s difficult to say goodbye for a second time because I wanted to retire here but things don’t always go as you want. I feel physically and mentally able to keep playing. I am in good shape and I will look elsewhere for games.”

“I still feel I can play, and want to keep playing,” he added. “I have not listened to any offers [from other clubs] yet, but I will now. We will sit down and look at what we have, before making a decision when the time comes.”

Atletico will honour Torres at their last home game of the season against Eibar on 20 May and will make it an “unforgettable” occasion.

“Fernando is a legend of our club,” said Atletico president Enrique Cerezo. “The doors of Atletico de Madrid will always be open for him.”

“We have always said that he would have the decision about his future because this is his home and if he has decided to continue his professional career from the next season in another place, I can only thank him for everything he has given us, which is a lot.”

Atletico Madrid maintains winning run ahead of capital derby

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Atletico Madrid kept their winning run going with a 1-0 victory against Real Sociedad ahead of a challenging trip to derby rivals Real Madrid.

Filipe Luis’ first-half goal was enough as Atletico Madrid took a further step towards Champions League qualification by opening up a three-point gap ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla in the La Liga table.

Diego Simeone’s men fired 13 shots in the first half at the Vicente Calderon and, although they faded a little after the break, firm defensive play saw them secure a fifth successive La Liga win which piles more pressure on Sevilla ahead of their trip to Barcelona later today.

Although sluggish at the opening minutes, once Atletico found their stride Real Sociedad struggled to keep them quiet and Filipe Luis gave them a deserved lead in the 28th minute by finishing off a brilliant one-two with Fernando Torres to score his second goal in as many games.

Torres’s assist would also equal his his best assist tally in a single LaLiga season (five in 2006/07), and the former Liverpool striker should have doubled Atletico’s lead later in front of an open goal, only to find the woodwork from close range.

They wasted another two glorious chances on the stroke of half-time – with Yannick Carrasco shooting straight at keeper Geronimo Rulli when set up by Griezmann, and Luis then doing the same on the rebound.

In the second half, La Real managed to dominate possession but a lack of creativity saw them unable to really challenge the Atletico defence, allowing Jan Oblak to remained untested and Atletico to hold on for the win.

This was the Madrid team’s fifth successive win in La Liga, their best run since April 2016 when they won six, and a good win in their sails as they travel across town to play table leaders Real this weekend, who themselves are travelling to Butarque for their own game against a struggling Leganes.

UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen

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Fernando Torres is set for a return to Atletico Madrid’s squad as Diego Simeone’s men prepare for their Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

Torres missed out in action since Atletico’s match against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga on March 2, in which the 32-year old lost consciousness to a heavy fall after an aerial battle.

Fortunately the striker was was released from hospital only 24 hours after he was admitted having suffered no serious injuries, and returned to full training on Monday. Atletico boss Diego Simeone had since confirmed that he is available for selection.

Kevin Gameiro is a doubt for the game after missing Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga win at Granada with an abdominal injury, while captain Gabi and left-back Filipe Luis are suspended for the game.

Regardless, Atletico is in a strong position to reach the last eight for a fourth successive year after winning their last-16 first-leg tie with Bayer Leverkusen 4-2.Torres scored in that game.

History is at Atletico’s side as there were four occasions in which an away side scored 4+ goals in a Champions League Round of 16 1st leg — all four progressed to the last eight.

As for Bayer, new coach Tayfun Korkut will miss a lot of his regulars as Benjamin Henrichs and midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu are suspended while Toprak, Jonathan Tah, Stefan Kiessling and captain Lars Bender are out injured.

The Bundesliga team will also be without 17-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz, who “has important exams at school” — as announced by Leverkusen through their Twitter account.

Prediction:

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen

La Liga title race continues to final match

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La Liga title race continues to final match

Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are in position to win the league in their next and final game, as Atletico Madrid slipped up and fell out of the title race.

In the previous few weeks following a Barcelona slump, all three Spanish clubs had been chasing each other on the pinnacle of the Spanish top division.

But this week, Atletico’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Levante meant that Diego Simeone’s team could no longer chase for the title, given that they lag behind Barca in terms of goal differences and points. Even a defeat for Barca in

All games kicked off at the same time, and Atletico were the ones to climb up to 88 points first as Fernando Torres clinched Atletico’s first away goal in under two minutes, running on to a through ball for a clinical finish.

However, the already relegated Levante were unwilling to give up. Clearly feeling the desire to let the home crowd go home with something, Victor Cadasesus’s header equalized the game in the 30th minute before Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench and came free to score a last-gasp winner for the host.

“Levante played a great match and was better than us,” Simeone said after the game.

“I can just congratulate them. We had some chances to score, but they defended well.”

On the other hand, there are no sign of problems for the superior Catalonians as Barcelona demolished their neighbours Espanyol by five goals to nil.

Their hallowed offensive trinity all put themselves in the scoresheet. Luis Suarez hoists himself even further for Pichichi glory as he increased his league tally to 37 goals with a brace against Espanyol, 4 above Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who also bagged a brace against Valencia.

Still, Los Blancos were a lot less comfortable with their victory, as a struggling Valencia were able to clinch 2 goals in the second half that kept the host on their toes.

Nonetheless, with the last 3 vital points they grab from the match, Real Madrid will be able to keep the title in contention until the final day of La Liga.