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Torres delighted by phenomenal flicked finish

Torres delighted by phenomenal flicked finish
Ferran Torres referred to the opening strike of his first City hat-trick as a ‘beautiful’ finish.

The Spaniard sumptuously back-heeled the ball into the far corner of the net from Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick to put us 2-1 ahead just before the break against Newcastle.

The hosts rallied and found themselves in front just after the hour, but two instinctive finishes from the winger completed both his treble and a thrilling second half comeback in the process to hand City a 4-3 win.

And Torres was visibly delighted to have executed his experimental finish to perfection.

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“On set pieces, I always try to go to the first post,” he revealed when asked to describe his opening goal.

“I flicked the ball, and I think it was a very beautiful goal!

“It’s been an incredible week, we qualify for the Champions League final, win the Premier League and then I score a hat-trick, I am very happy.”

In an impressive debut season at City, Torres has shown incredible maturity and intelligence in developing his game to suit a number of positions across our frontline.

He made the switch from Valencia in the summer having predominantly played out on the right flank but, under Pep Guardiola’s watchful eye, he has also been deployed in a central role.

Our 4-3 triumph over Newcastle was another fine example of the Spaniard excelling down the middle to help City on our way to a record 12th consecutive away victory.

And the Spaniard joked that playing as a traditional number nine could in fact be his true calling.

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“My first position is right winger but I learned this year how to play in the three positions up front so i could be comfortable in any of them,” he beamed.

“I’ve never played as a 9 before but I feel very comfortable there. I played false nine today and scored a hat-trick, so why not?”

With a Champions League final against Chelsea firmly on the horizon, Torres’ performance against Newcastle will have done his prospects of a starting berth the world of good.

Nonetheless, the 21-year-old is keeping his feet firmly on the ground, and insists that contributing to the team is his main priority.

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“I try to improve day by day and learn from my teammates and the manager,” he declared.

“I always try to take advantage of any opportunity the manager gives me, the hat-trick I scored helped contribute to the team.

“I am trying to work hard every day to get the opportunity for the (Champions League) final.”

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