Diego Simeone comments on Fernando Torres's performance against Real Madrid

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The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker made his first appearance for his boyhood club Atletico Madrid since re-signing for the club on loan against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey.

Fernando Torres made his second debut for Atletico Madrid last night as they overcame city rivals Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey tie at the Vicente Calderon.

Torres played for an hour for Diego Simeone's side as a Raul Garcia penalty and a Jose Gimenez header put the La Liga champions in control against the holders.

Simeone was asked about the impact the 30-year-old forward had on the side in his first game for the club since leaving in 2007.

He's quoted by Marca, saying: "He is looking strong, powerful and fast but he still needs to learn the way we put pressure on and when we do it and about linking up with his teammates. He brought enthusiasm and energy".

The Atleti manager seems satisfied with the contribution Torres made but there will need to be more from him going forward. 

Granted, he is not there as the first choice forward and he will have to build his match fitness up, but he didn't possess much of a threat in front of goal last night.

It may be familiar surroundings for him but things take time to link up with his teammates, and as Simeone suggested, adapting to their style of play moving forward. It was an unspectacular start for him but a winning one as he looks to impress during the 18 months he is on loan at the club from AC Milan. 

In many people's eyes, this is viewed as the last chance for the Spaniard to rediscover something like his best form and have a successful remainder to his career.

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