Fernando Torres has warned title-chasing Barcelona to expect a real battle at the Vicente Calderon, explaining that Atletico Madrid are intent on winning their own “war” for third place and denying Luis Enrique’s men the title in the process.
The Catalans will arrive in the Spanish capital on Sunday intent on picking up the three points that would see them reclaim the Liga crown that they lost to Diego Simeone’s side at Camp Nou a year ago.
However, Torres says Atleti will be gunning for victory themselves, as they look to seal automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stage.
“I hope that Barca don’t win the title here,” the striker is quoted as saying by SPORT .
“Atletico became champions last year at the Nou Camp and, as football and fate would have it, Barcelona have the possibility of becoming champions at our ground.
“Football is like that, but we hope to win the game ourselves and assure ourselves of third place.
“We are fighting a different war and want to win to be third and achieve our objective.”
Barca currently sit four points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, meaning that they could afford to lose at the Calderon and still win the title by beating Deportivo at home on the final day of the season.
Atleti, meanwhile, are currently four points clear of fourth-placed Valencia and wrap up their campaign at Granada.