Copa del Rey: Diego Simeone hails Fernando Torres brilliance - FCNaija

Copa Del Rey By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 30/11/2017

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed Fernando Torres after the experienced striker scored a brace to secure a qualification to the Copa Del Rey last 16 on Wednesday’s night’s in a 3-0 win over Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Torres helped Atletico Madrid to an easy victory over Elche following the 1-1 draw with the third tier division club earlier this month.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool forward was on song for the capital base club on Wednesday night and almost got his first hattrick for the Atletico Madrid since returning to the club.

The Rojiblancos coach told the post-match news conference that he had shown his capability in front goal on the night.

"Fernando did well as goals are so important for a forward," Simeone said. "He took maybe the two most difficult chances he had, with a lot of quality."

Fellow striker Vietto had at least five clear chances to score but the Argentine's confidence is rock bottom having not scored at all so far in the calendar year 2017.

"It seems that yes [Vietto feels under pressure]," Simeone said. "He plays very well with his back to goal, rarely loses possession, chooses his passes well. This is a tough position to play as if you do not score you get criticised.

"He does not hide, keeps playing, and he is one of the best we have in his general play and we protect him for that."

After naming a starting XI including eight full internationals, and then sending on two more as substitutes, Simeone said he had been aware that any relaxation might have led his team into trouble in the tie.

"The cup can be a trap as if you relax you can find it difficult to get back into the game," he said. "The away goals are very valuable, so you must be focused in every moment.

"The first half was very good, we went out very strong, convinced on what we needed to do. The two goals had us in control really of the tie, although things can always turn around."

Up next for Diego Simeone men is the La Liga game against Real Sociedad on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano.