Diego Simeone confident on return of Fernando

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has stated that Fernando Torres only need a big hug in order to get him back firing once again.

The striker returned to the Spanish club on a loan deal from AC Milan just a few days after making the move to the Italian club permanent.

This has brought an end to his Chelsea career once and for all. The striker has gone through a horrible run of form during this period, but Simeone reckons that the striker needed love more than anything else. Chelsea have tried out different formations and different managers in the hope of getting Torres firing once again.

Simeone, though, has managed to get the striker scoring two goals in just four matches since his return. Those two goals came in the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid. This sees Atletico progressed to the next round where they will meet Barcelona. Simeone says that he is certainly not surprised by the brace Torres scored against Madrid. It is widely believed that Torres will convert the move into permanent deal should he get regular game time at the Vicente Calderon despite the presence of Mario Mandzukic. Despite losing a number of star names over the summer, Atletico have been able to keep themselves in contention for the league title.

“I am not sure why anybody is surprised that he (Torres) is playing so well – I am not surprised at all.I knew I was getting one of the best strikers in Europe – and that is what we are seeing. He just needed a hug that was all.It does not matter if you are a kid in the youth team or playing in The Champions League – every player needs a coach to believe in him – and he knows that I do,” said Simeone.