Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres will be a crucial player against Barcelona on SaturdayReuters

The start of the star-studded Indian Super League (ISL) 2015 is less than a month away and the defending champions, Atletico de Kolkata, are leaving no stone unturned to retain Sourav Ganguly co-owned franchise's popularity.

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has called the Atletico de Kolkata fans for their support for the former club's game against Barcelona on Saturday night.

In a candid video, Torres asked for the Atletico de Kolkata fans' support for Atletico Madrid's La Liga match against Barcelona. This fixture has now become one of the most anticipated in Spanish football. With Diego Simeone at the helm, Atletico Madrid have become one of the strong contenders of the La Liga now.

Atletico de Kolkata's association with the Spanish giants had made Ganguly's franchise reach the pinnacle of popularity right from the first season. Currently, the defending champions of the ISL are training in Spain ahead of the start of the league in October.

They have been training hard so that they can hold on to their title in the second season of the ISL. Their title defence campaign will begin on 3 October when they will take on Chennaiyin FC in the first game of ISL 2015 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

Just after a day Ganguly announced that England forward Wayne Rooney will be visiting Kolkata in the month of November, now it is Torres's turn to converse with the Atletico de Kolkata fans and seek their support for their game against Barcelona. The video was posted on the official Facebook page of Atletico de Kolkata on Thursday.

Atlético de Madrid will play against FC Barcelona on #Saturday and here's what Fernando 9 Torres has to say to our #fanATKs. Follow Atlético de Madrid to show your support!

Posted by Atlético de Kolkata on Thursday, 10 September 2015

"All you ATK fans in India, please support us for our game against Barcelona on Saturday, Let's do it!" This is what Torres had to say to the Atletico de Kolkata fans.

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