Reina tips Atletico for a double

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Former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina has backed Atleti to win both La Liga and the Champions League this season.

Rojiblancos are tied on 85 points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga standings, one point ahead of third-placed Real Madrid in a three-horse race.

They also look set to book their spot in the finals of this year’s top European tournament, after beating Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

Reina, who won the league with Atletico in 1977 and reached the European Cup final in 1974,  believes Diego Simeone’s team is strong enough to finish their campaign with a double.

“I think Atletico are working for the double and they are the strongest team right now from my point of view,” he told Omnisport.

“Everybody does their duty there – they play all for one and one for all. They give everything from the beginning.

“I think Atletico deserve glory without any doubt.”

The 70-year-old was also impressed by former Liverpool forward Fernando Torres, adding that he hopes the striker is picked by the Spain national team coach Vicente del Bosque for the Euro 2016 in France.

“We have to take Torres to the Euros,” Reina added. “If I were the national coach I would call him.

“I wouldn’t ever have forgotten El Nino, just as I wouldn’t with [David] Villa.

“I also wouldn’t have forgotten others, even [Raul] Albiol – who is having a great season with Napoli.

“We can name some others too, but it depends on Del Bosque’s taste.”