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Fernando Torres tipped to get back to his best at Atletico Madrid

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Former England manager Fabio Capello believes Fernando Torres can get back to his best under the stewardship of Diego Simeone at La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, reports the Daily Mail.

The Spaniard has returned to his homeland despite signing for Serie A side AC Milan on a permanent basis, and will stay in La Liga until the end of next season. 

He has been a shadow of the player that took the Premier League by storm during his days at Liverpool, and after four miserable years at Chelsea will be hoping a return to the Vincente Calderon will see him recapture the magic touch of old. 

Terrible Torres

In November 2010, Chelsea visited Anfield as champions of England and top of the Premier League table. In a game low on quality, two stunning strikes from Torres gunned them down and dented their hopes of retaining their crown which had been so emphatically snatched from Manchester United just mere months earlier.

But that was the last, magical display of Torres' time in English football. A record-breaking £50million move to Stamford Bridge followed less than two months later, but his time at the Blues was marred by disappointment and saw him often cut a forlorn and isolated figure. 

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Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez all came and went without managing to coax the best form from Roman Abramovich's pride and joy, with Jose Mourinho similarly helpless to stop the striker's decline.

After the arrivals of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba in the summer he was shelved out to Milan on loan, but after scoring just once has now made the decision to return to the club where he spent his boyhood years. 

Capello prediction

Despite many believing Torres to be a lost cause, Capello believes a move back to the Spanish capital can see him play an important role for Simeone's side.

"Torres has got it all, but has lost his way a bit and struggling to score goals," the Italian told Spanish newspaper Marca. 

"He has lost the confidence he had at Liverpool and during his first stint at Atletico.

"Simeone is going to make Torres come good. It is not only to do with systems: it is a confidence thing.

"Torres has become a bit subdued but is going to rediscover what he has lost thanks to Cholo (Simeone's nickname) who is going to reinvigorate him."

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