Fernando Torres 'very happy' after scoring 100th league goal for Atletico
Fernando Torres said he was especially happy after scoring both goals in Atletico Madrid's 2-0 La Liga win over Leganes as at this stage of his career "every game could be my last."
Almost 16 years after making his senior debut at the Calderon against Leganes in a Segunda Division clash, Torres notched his 100th goal in league competition in Spain -- seven of them coming in the Segunda and a further 93 in the top flight.
Torres, 32, got on the scoresheet early when reacting quickly after Antoine Griezmann's penalty miss and he added a second with a confident finish soon after half-time.
He is out of contract at the end of the season, and had not scored in La Liga over a run of 11 games since September. The lifelong Atletico fan told BeIN Sports after the final whistle that he was delighted to make a decisive contribution as he did not know how much longer he had left at the club.
"I'm very happy with the game," Torres said. "The most important part of the season is coming up now, when everything is decided. I go into each game as if it is my last, I feel I must enjoy every minute now."
The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward said that Atletico had continued playing with the intensity and aggression they had shown in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal first leg at home to Barcelona, which they lost 2-1.
"For us it was important to win and continue the feeling from [the] second half against Barcelona," he said. "The team wanted to win today, we went out to press up high, leave everything on the pitch. At 2-0 up we had more quiet moments as we have a game on Tuesday."
Diego Simeone's side face an uphill challenge in that return game at the Camp Nou, but Torres said that such tough tasks tended to bring out the best in his team.
"We must forget this game quickly and move on," he said. "It will be difficult on Tuesday. But that is what we like, difficult games, when people do not give us a chance. We will show our pride, and hopefully we can pull out a magic game for our fans to enjoy."
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan