Atletico Madrid are currently preparing for one of the biggest nights in their 113-year history.
There have been a few of those since the inspirational Diego Simeone took over Quique Sanchez Flores at the Vicente Calderon in 2011.
With a 1-0 lead from the first leg, Atletico Madrid will progress to the Champions League final this evening if they either beat or record a draw against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
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Atleti beat the German champions in Madrid last weekend thanks to a magnificent individual goal from Saul Niguez, but Fernando Torres believes he and his teammates haven’t faced a tougher team all season - Barcelona and Real Madrid included.
Torres is expecting another tough match at the Allianz Arena but is confident Atletico will give everything to reach the European Cup final for the third time in their history. The Colchoneros finished as runners-up in the competition in both 1974 and 2014.
Torres: Bayern are best team we've faced this term
“The most important thing is that we know who we are,” Torres was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail on Monday. “We are nothing if we are not a team. As a team we can beat anyone.
“We are the team that concedes few goals in Europe. We have also been scoring almost in every game from mid-season to now.
“We will play to win. We will give everything to fulfil our dream.
“We want to keep being a team and this is our mentality. We die for each other and every game is a battle. Bayern are probably the best team we have faced this season.”
Atletico secured vital win over Rayo on Saturday
Simeone left out a number of his key players during Saturday’s huge La Liga clash against Rayo Vallecano - including the likes of Koke, Torres, Saul and Antoine Griezmann - despite the fact his side needed to secure all three points to keep their title hopes alive.
It was goalless at half-time, prompting Simeone to send on Koke for Gabi at the start of the second half.
The Argentine coach, fearing Atletico were struggling to create chances, then threw on Griezmann and Torres in the 54th minute and was rewarded seconds later when the former scored with a superb left-footed strike.
Atletico held on for a 1-0 win and subsequently remain second in La Liga - level on points with Barcelona and one point ahead of Real Madrid - with two matches remaining.
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