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Atletico Madrid arrive in Milan for Champions League final

Flying can be a tiring experience but Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres looked refreshed after arriving in Milan with the rest of the Atleti squad ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.

Torres had appeared half asleep before he got on the flight as Diego Simeone’s side jetted off for Milan from Madrid’s Barajas International Airport.

However the striker appeared to have caught up on some sleep as he arrived with his team-mates ahead of Saturday’s European showpiece.

Torres had appeared a little sleepy as he arrived at Barajas Airport with the Atletico Madrid squad earlier on

The former Liverpool and Chelsea man will need to wake up if he is to help his side win the Champions League

Diego Simeone seemed in good spirits after arriving in Milan for Atletico's Champions League showdown

Simeone will need the ex-Liverpool man to be at his best if Atletico are to down their Madrid rivals Real at the San Siro on Saturday night.

Torres has scored just the single goal in this season’s Champions League but it was a vital one in their quarter-final first leg tie at the Nou Camp to set up victory over Barcelona.

Simeone himself was all smiles after touching down in Milan. The Argentinian manager was dressed in a club-issue two piece and looked happy to got the travelling out of the way.

Earlier on the the rest of the Atleti squad arrived for their flight to Milan looking a little more laid-back.

Antoine Griezmann, a target for a number of Europe’s elite clubs, is a under a bit of a transfer storm currently. The Frenchman’s agent announced on Wednesday that the striker was considering a number of offers from interesting options.

Antoine Griezmann (left) is flanked by his team-mate Stefan Savic as they arrive at their Milan hotel

Veteran midfielder Tiago keeps his eyes on the prize as he makes his way off the Atletico team bus

Diego Godin is not giving much away as he touches down in Milan ahead of Saturday's San Siro showpiece

However Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has stressed Griezzman, who has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season, is going nowhere.

Cerezo told French radio station RMC: ‘Antoine Griezmann is an Atletico Madrid player. He also has a long-term contract with the club. I don’t want him to leave.’

The speculation appeared to have washed over the 25-year-old as he prepared to fly out for the biggest game of his career so far. Although the striker clearly did not get the memo about Atleti’s standard issue trainers, choosing instead to wear a white pair provided by personal sponsor Puma.

Earlier on Atleti boss Simeone appeared very focused as he headed into the terminal for the flight to Milan

The Argentine is looking to overturn the result of 2014 final but insists 'revenge' is not on his mind

French striker Griezmann has been the subject of much transfer speculation in the last couple of days

At Madrid Airport Griezzman looked relaxed after Atleti’s president Enrique Cerezo dismissed the transfer talk
Midfielder Koke tried to look conspicuous as he headed for check-in with a pair of shades covering his face

Koke and former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic both tried to look conspicuous in sunglasses as they headed for the terminal.

Chelsea flop Filipe Luis seemed rather preoccupied with his club tie on the walk to the terminal.

Perhaps a few other members of the Atletico squad should have followed his lead as some looked a little like revelling bankers on a Friday night. Juanfran in particular was looking especially dishevelled.

Atletico are look to overturn the result of the 2014 final where they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the same opponents.

Former Manchester City defender Savic opted for a similar look as he arrived for the flight

Reported Manchester United target Saul Niguez (left),  Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Angel Correa all arrive

Midfielder Gabi looks sharp as he drags his luggage into the departure hall for Atletico's flight to Italy

Chelsea flop Filipe Luis was obviously not happy with his tie as he made his way into the airport

Another ex-Blues player, Tiago, looked ready for business as he ignored the media storm outside the airport

They led at for 54 minutes at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon before Sergio Ramos scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to bring about a collapse in extra time.

Simeone does not want his side to aim for revenge at the Sani Siro, he says it too cold a reminder of what has gone before and prefers to a more positive midset.

‘There is no such thing as revenge in football, or in life for that matter, just new opportunities,’ the Atleti coach told

‘Revenge is a negative word, because it harks back to a defeat; on the other hand, “opportunity” is about optimism, confidence and what’s to come, and that’s what we want to show in the Champions League.’

Oliver Torres (right) is all-smiles as he follows goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya into the departure hall

Atletico Madrid's Argentinian assistant coach German Burgos is laden with luggage for the Italian escapade

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