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Fernando Torres wants to create Champions League history with Atletico Madrid as they brace for Bayern Munich battle

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Fernando Torres

FERNANDO TORRES wants to make history by helping Atletico Madrid win their first Champions League.

But first they have to avenge the club’s loss to Bayern Munich in the 1974 final of Uefa’s showpiece tournament.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker said: “We want to write new history. Hopefully in a week we can say we’ve taken a step towards doing that.”

Rejuvenated Torres is in blistering form, with five strikes in six starts.

He is still considered a talisman for Spain after scoring the only goal in the Euro 2008 final against Germany.

Torres stormed past Bayern’s Philipp Lahm to strike in Vienna that day — and he will face the German ace again tonight.

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Torres will come up against old foe Philipp Lahm again

He said: “I’m lucky to have played in big sides and experience some amazing nights. However, for me you can’t compare what it would be like to do this with Atletico.

“That goal in 2008 is a nice memory — but that’s in the past. It’s a sense of pride to play against opponents like Lahm, who have shown their consistency for many years.

“Everyone knows what we give in each game and on Wednesday it will be elevated to the max.”

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Meanwhile, Filipe Luis says Atletico Madrid are the Leicester of the Champions League.

And despite them having the lowest budget of the competition’s last four, former Chelsea full-back Luis is targeting glory.

He said: “It’s happening this season in the Premier League with Leicester. They are a ‘modest’ team and are almost Premier League champions. Even if there is a difference in budget, we play more as a team.

“We don’t have a megastar — we have a team where everyone runs and fights for the player alongside him. That makes us very strong.”

 

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