SPANISH striker Fernando Torres will return to the club where his career began as Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid tonight in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

With first choice forward Samuel Eto’o injured, the door is open for Torres to come back and haunt the club he left for Liverpool in 2007.

“He is a real Atletico supporter, I would say a big one,” said Mourinho.

“But I have no doubts that the minutes he is on the pitch he is going to try and do everything for Chelsea. I am not saying that Fernando is going to start, but I am saying that he never hides.”

Jose Mourinho’s team will be boosted by the return of Belgian winger Eden Hazard to their ranks.

But the Blues will be wary of Atletico Madrid, who are currently top of La Liga and in formidable form.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone is free to select Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is actually on loan at the club from Chelsea.

When the draw was made, Chelsea called for a fine to be imposed should Courtois be selected to play against his parent club but UEFA executives ruled otherwise.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have also arrived in Spain’s capital as they prepare to face Real Madrid in the other semi-final.

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