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Fernando Torres dismisses Euro 2016 snub, maintains Champions League focus

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres says he’s unfazed after being excluded from Spain’s Euro 2016 squad, as he looks forward to his club’s biggest game of the season.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea frontman has enjoyed a recent purple patch, netting six goals in Atletico’s last eight La Liga matches, yet this was not enough to impress national coach Vicente Del Bosque who did not name him in Spain’s European Championships squad.

Yet with a Champions League final date against city rivals Real Madrid coming up, Torres says he’s not worried about the national snub as he looks to keep his focus on club matters.

"I'm not worried about the Euro, I've got the biggest game of my life to play," he said.

"We are facing an opportunity that life does not give you many times.

"The growth of this club, to reach two finals in three years, was unimaginable, but we are facing a new chapter in our history and we must write it with a happy ending."

The Spaniard feels that playing against their city rivals in a continental final does not mean much as his club seek their maiden Champions League crown.

"The opponent in a final is not important, what matters is the result and is the only thing that is going to stay in people's heads," he said.

"We see an opportunity to do something that has never been done.

"There is obviously a rivalry with Real Madrid but that changes in Europe, the games from before count for nothing."

The final will take place at Milan's San Siro Stadium on 28 May.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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