After a week of intense pre-season training, Diego Simeone and his men played the very first match of the new campaign.
On Saturday night Atlético, with an elite starting line-up, beat Gimnástica Segoviana 2-1 with goals by Raúl García and Diego Godín.
Normally teams will use the first few friendly matches of the pre-season to test some different formations and give new players a feel, but EL Cholo started with arguably his strongest eleven players available and only introduced some new faces, reserves and younger players in the second half.
It was Raúl García, who has impressed in pre-season so far, who opened the scoring. The midfielder who returned after a loan spell with Osasuna, scored a rebound after Eduardo Salvio hit the post.
In the 12th minute Diego Godín headed in a corner kick by Gabi to double our lead.
Atlético continued to dominate and created plenty of opportunities, but Falcao & Co got stuck at two at the Estadio Municipal de La Albuera.
One more goal was scored at the other end, when Brañas profited from a mix up in the Rojiblanco defence shortly before the break.
In the second half a complete new set of players got a run out, but the score remained at 2-1.
Starting line-up: Courtois; Sílvio, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Gabi, Mario; Salvio, Raúl García, Arda; and Falcao.
Second half: Asenjo, Kader, Cata Díaz, Pulido, Cabrera, Tiago, Saúl (“75 Iván), Oliver, Emre, Cristian Rodríguez and Borja