On May 6, 2001, a very young Fernando Torres began to write his name in gold and diamonds in Spanish football. The striker scored the only goal in the final of the Eurocopa Sub-16, granting the title to the National Team in its first great feat that would precede the best stage in the history of our football and that of a boy who would become a legend at Atlético. At that time, none of his players who will jump onto the pitch today at the Center Sportif de Colovray had been born. Now the children are them.
And they have already achieved what no one had ever done before at Atlético: stand on the final four of the Youth League. They have achieved it based on knowing how to suffer, not giving up and gritting their teeth whenever elimination was on their heels. In the group stage, coming back from last place after adding a point in the first two games. Three wins in the last four games for play the pass to the round of 16 in Split before a feverish Croatian mass and with an agonizing penalty shootout… where the rojiblanco team once again demonstrated the worth of its great generation.
Real Madrid in Valdebebas would be the next challenge, a 2-3 victory that filled the fans with pride and elevated Pablo Barrios as a project for gamer. Signal Iduna Park, 20,000 German fans and a penalty against as soon as it started did not reduce an Atlético team that, with Iturbe as savior, ended up certifying its first classification among the four best in Europe in the youth category. Now, Currás, scorer of the goal in Dortmund and who misses the duel due to accumulation of yellow cards, will not be there, but Javi Serrano will. The pivot traveled with Carlos Martín after starting against Granada and despite arriving with muscle fatigue, he does not want to miss the duel.
Facing the challenge is capital. The physique and football of a Salzburg that arrives as a great candidate for the title after having left PSG in the gutter in the quarterfinals. However, Sevilla showed in groups that they are not an invincible team and the illusion is an engine that moves the mattress block. Those of Torres and Ortega have the word team above all else. A goalkeeper, the line of three impregnable central defenders, two lanes with maximum distance, work, play and talent in the middle and the ability of Salim and the work and bite of Carlos Martín to try to hurt the Austrians. Some youths who have that engraved on fire Never stop believing so athletic