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The midfielder admits it will be a special occasion to see the former Atletico Madrid striker back at the Vicente Calderon but is determined to ensure there is no happy return

Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez says the team are eagerly anticipating the return of Fernando Torres this week - but hopes the striker has a bad game for Chelsea.

The 30-year-old, who left the Vicente Calderon for Liverpool in 2007 prior to his switch to Stamford Bridge, is set to face his boyhood club on home turf for the first time in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.

While Suarez admits the struggling striker remains an idol for Atleti players, he is eager to see Torres endure a torrid 90 minutes upon his return to the Spanish capital.

"For all atleticos it will be very special to see Torres playing here," he is quoted as saying by Marca. "He has been an idol for many of us and he's coming back to the Calderon for the first time. If he plays, I hope he has a bad game and only enjoys himself after the match."

Suarez went on to stress that the sight of former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho in the opposition dugout will not prove a distraction for Atletico.

"For me, it doesn't matter who's on the opposition bench," he said. "Of course, together with [Pep] Guardiola, [Diego] Simeone, [Rafael] Benitez, he is one of the best coaches in the world. The important thing is we do things right.

"As the boss says, we approach it as a final. We know that the first game is vital in this kind of knock-out tie, and we're playing at home, with our fans, our 12th man."

Suarez believes Eden Hazard will likely pose the biggest threat to the Liga leaders on Tuesday but says they can triumph in the tie if they put in the same levels of effort as they did in the quarter-final win over Barcelona.

"I think Chelsea's best player this year is Hazard. They are physically very strong, they know what they're doing at every moment and they have a clear idea of play: to steal the ball and attack quickly into the space," added the 27-year-old.

"[We'll approach the game] as ever, by giving 120 per cent, being united, playing together, running to our maximum. They are a team we know very well. We must be very attentive, and not make mistakes."

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