To exclude, to expel:
Man Utd are in Madrid for a big Champions League game, and Atletico legend Fernando Torres has given his opinion on the key battles that could decide the game.
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Before Liverpool striker Luis Suarez became a sworn enemy of United fans after the Football Association convicted him of racially abusing Patrice Evra during a game at Anfield in 2011, he was handed an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine by the FA.
Suarez will face United again tonight, with Atletico host United in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
With Suarez set to become a fixture in the match, who is better off giving expert judgment on key battles in the competition than the former Atletico striker Football player Fernando Torreswho gave way to Suarez at Liverpool in 2011.
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Now 37, Torres has won 110 caps for Spain, scoring 38 goals in a stellar international career that won him the World Cup and two European Championships.
At club level, he won the Champions League, FA Cup and the Europa League with Chelsea, also winning Atletico’s last title in his second LaLiga stint, scoring 263 goals in 768 appearances for the club during his career.
After winning the Champions League with Chelsea, Torres knew exactly what it took to lift the prestigious trophy.
While United and Atletico may not be among the favorites and do, tonight’s encounter promises to be an intriguing one with intriguing individual battles.
Will Real Madrid Icon Cristiano Ronaldo shine on a return trip to the Spanish capital and will Jadon Sancho continue his recent impressive form for United, which has seen him score two goals and two assists this month?
Can Paul Pobga build on his impressive form since his return from injury and United captain Harry Maguire, impressed in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Leeds on Sunday, can maintain training. middle before superior opponents?
Torres answers these questions and more, after Mirror Sport asked him to name and explain the five main areas that would decide which side would win on two legs and advance to the quarterfinals.
Jan Oblak v Cristiano Ronaldo
Oblak to be honest – he hasn’t been at his best this season. But he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
There is perhaps no greater gamer than Ronaldo and these are his favorite nights.
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Luis Suarez v Raphael Varane
Due to the injury, I think Suarez will play. He’s not in his best form, but the world knows what Luis Suarez is capable of and plays Manchester United will be a great motivator for him.
Varane knows all about the Champions League and his experience will be important.
Joao Felix v Harry Maguire
He can cause a lot of problems for Maguire and make it a very long night for him.
This will be a match where Maguire will need to use all of his experience – because in terms of agility and speed, Felix is ahead.
Koke v Bruno Fernandes
Koke is one of Spain’s best passers – his vision is amazing.
Bruno has the goalscoring record of a striker and Manchester United need it at the moment, with their strikers not scoring as many goals as the manager would like.
Thomas Lemar v Paul Pogba
These two players have a lot of talent – when they’re at the top of the game, they can make such a big difference.
Both can find more consistency – but if they play at their highest level then both can control the game.
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