Bolton's Ivan Campo believes Atletico Madrid were in danger of damaging Fernando Torres.
Torres has been in outstanding form since last summer's £26.5million move to Liverpool, scoring 18 goals so far this season.
Campo believes Atletico relied to heavily on Torres, and in turn, too much pressure was heaped on the 23-year-old.
But the Bolton midfielder feels that Torres' switch to Anfield will assist him in becoming a much better player.
He told AS: "Nobody shared the role of leader with him at Atletico, the pressure of such an important club. Such a young person is not ready to take so much pressure.
"In England he has calm, confidence and a team which plays for him. At Atletico they wanted him to do so many things that they could have damaged him.
"Having to give so much really takes it out of you."
Campo also believes that there is more respect for players in English football, compared to Spain.
"For a player in England respect is the most important thing. People always demand you play well, but they do so respectfully," he continued.
"What I've experienced here in England does not happen in Spain. There is no respect at a personal nor professional level."