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Too many teams have underestimated Leicester — we won’t, warns Torres before Champions League crunch

Date Posted,April 11, 2017

Fernando Torres has warned Atletico Madrid to respect Leicester ’s “great team”.

The Foxes are 11th in the Premier League after a tough title defence, but surprised La Liga outfit Sevilla in the previous round of the Champions League to reach the quarter-finals.

Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Torres, who has seven goals for Atletico this ­season, said before Wednesday’s first leg here in Spain: “Too many teams have underestimated Leicester – and we are not going to be one of them.

“Leicester did not win the Premier League ­because they were lucky. They are not the last English team left in the competition because they are lucky.

Torres and co are chasing their third Champions League final in four years (Photo: Getty)

“Everything they have achieved is ­because they are a great team who have worked hard – all their success is deserved. Others can use the word ­favourites but nobody here will be. We don’t consider ourselves favourites – we are looking ahead to two very tough games against the champions of ­England.”

City overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit in the return leg against Sevilla, to set up this quarter-final.

Atletico were Champions League runners-up last season and also in 2014, Torres, 33, added: “What we do have is experience.

“We are used to playing at this stage of the competition and I hope that we can use that to our advantage. They are not going to be easy games. Hopefully our experience will give us the edge.”

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