WATCH: ‘I’ll blow your head off!’ - Fernando Torres sent off after clashing with Alvaro Arbeloa as former Liverpool team-mates square up during fiery Madrid youth derby
- Once colleagues at Anfield
- Now rivals in Madrid
- Tempers boil over in cup clash
WHAT HAPPENED? The former Spain internationals are back in Madrid working within the academy ranks at Atletico and Real respectively. They locked horns during an U19 derby contest on Sunday, with tempers boiling over as they almost came to blows.
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El derbi más caliente entre Arbeloa y Torres, que acabaron encarándose.— Relevo (@relevo) May 14, 2023
📌 El entrenador rojiblanco acabó expulsado tras una tangana entre ambos equipos en un duelo que acabó con nueve amarillas.
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THE BIGGER PICTURE: World Cup-winning striker Torres shoved former defender Arbeloa before reportedly saying “I’ll blow your head off”. His coaching rival responded by saying “start whenever you want”, as players and coaches from both teams joined the argument, with Arbeloa shown a yellow card for his actions, while Torres saw red and was ushered away from the dugout.
WHAT NEXT? The game in question finished 2-2 after extra-time, and 4-2 to Real on aggregate, allowing Arbeloa’s side to progress to the Youth Cup semi-finals as Torres and Co. are forced to focus on league matters.