Jose Mourinho comes out to show his respect for upcoming UEFA Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid and praises Fernando Torres ahead of the striker’s match against his former club.
With Samuel Eto’o set to miss Tuesday’s clash with the Spanish league leaders, Chelsea could see Torres get the nod to start against the club where he became a superstar before his move to Liverpool.
The Chelsea manager told Sky Sports “I spoke to my team about their qualities and they are a team we respect,” said Mourinho. “No team arrives at this stage without being a very good team and Atletico are no exception.
“To reach the Champions League semi-finals and to be fighting for the Spanish title, you must be a special team. I have watched them play lots of times, I studied them a lot and tried to make my players ready for what they can do.
“Every player and manager wants to play in the Champions League semi-finals. It is a big motivation for every player and they want to play. Everyone who is fit will be full of motivation.”
Mourinho believes that his Spanish striker will still be able to produce an outstanding performance against his former team in a game where the Madrid fans are believed to still value their former player.
“The minutes he is on the pitch he is going to try everything for Chelsea, like the professional he is,” said Mourinho.
“I am not saying that Fernando Torres will start, I am saying that he never hides. We feel that every day.
“We talk about Spanish football and he’s a big Atletico supporter, but he’s a professional.”