Torres: 'Atletico Madrid will eventually win the Champions League'

Atletico Madrid is on the right track for European glory following its spirited display against Real Madrid, Fernando Torres says.

"Now we have to take another step, on another stage," says Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres of his team.   -  Getty Images

Fernando Torres believes Atletico Madrid has taken a step towards one day winning the Champions League, despite losing to Real Madrid in the semifinals.

After finding itself 3-0 down following the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, Atletico threatened to pull off an improbable comeback but could only manage a 2-1 win as it was eliminated 4-2 on aggregate.

Wednesday's clash was a chance for revenge against the defending champion, having twice suffered losses to Madrid in the final of the competition in 2014 and 2016.

However, veteran forward Torres is adamant Atleti is on the right track for European glory following its spirited display.

"We must be happy for the commitment the players showed, for their effort and their work, and for the relationship with the fans," the 33-year-old told reporters.

"We have all won tonight [Wednesday], we have taken another step in belief. [Winning the Champions League] is possible."

"I have witnessed very different stages at Atleti, and this is the beginning of something big."

"This is not our ceiling, we are in one of the great moments of our history," he added.

"Now we have to take another step, on another stage."

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