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Pep Guardiola: Former Chelsea man Fernando Torres is perfect for Atletico Madrid

Former Chelsea man Fernando Torres has made an excellent start on his return to Atletico Madrid.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has said that former Chelsea ace Fernando Torres is perfect for Atletico Madrid, Spanish publication AS reports.

The Spanish international striker departed the Premier League in the summer, trading the Blues for Italian side AC Milan on a two-year loan deal.

A slow start to life in Serie A prompted questions over his future, and rather unexpectedly Atletico boss Diego Simeone offered the player a route back to the club in a deal which saw Alessio Cerci head to Milan.

On an initial six-month loan deal with Los Colchoneros, Torres could not have wished for a better return to his former club as his two goals helped his side eliminate rivals Real Madrid from the Copa Del Rey.

Guardiola believes that that the 30-year-old still has a lot left in the tank as he told reporters that the striker is perfect for La Liga champions and their unique counterattacking style of play.

"He’s a great player, he knows the club well and it’s the team he supported growing up, he’s perfect for Atleti. Simeone likes to employ a counter-attacking style of play and Torres is ideal for this style", he was quoted as saying by Spanish paper AS.

Torres made a total of 172 appearances in all competitions for the Blues during a three-and-a-half-year spell at the club, scoring just 45 goals in the process.

Despite his apparent decline in ability, he still contributed to the West Londoners’ success in winning both the Champions League and Europa League in successive seasons.

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