Fernando Torres is set to make his second debut for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the most dramatic fashion – by lining up against fierce rivals Real Madrid.
The 2014/15 Copa Del Rey draw has been kind to the neutral viewers who are licking their lips at another Madrid derby - and the fact that it will also feature Torres’ first game for the Rojiblancos since his return thickens the plot.
The former Chelsea and Liverpool striker scored 84 goals in 214 league appearances for Atletico between 2001 and 2007.
A tale of two strikers
While his ratio of 0.43 goals per game doesn’t even come close to rivalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s out-of-this-world 1.13 goal ratio his second arrival has gone a long way to buoying Atletico ahead of the high stakes game.
While Ronaldo may be more of a goal threat for Los Blancos, their local rivals will have something of an advantage in the way of character as both Torres and his team-mates will be itching to make the game one for him and the club to remember.
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Setting the record straight
But it’s not like Real Madrid will have nothing to prove coming into this tie after their 22 game unbeaten run was ended in Valencia at the weekend.
Gareth Bale came under considerable criticism for his performance at the Mestalla but Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that he will be given an opportunity to make things right in the cup tie.
Iker Casillas has lost his place though as Costa Rican Keylor Navas is expected to line-up between the sticks for Madrid.