On Saturday Atlético presented the 2012/2013 team to their home crowd at the Vicente Calderón.
In the first friendly at home the Colchoneros beat Peruvian side Allianza de Lima 3-0 through goals by Arda, Borja and Pedro.
While some players are still unavailable to Diego Simeone, this was the first chance for the Atleti faithful to see new signings Emre, Cebolla Rodríguez and Cata Díaz in action for the first time.
Raúl García, the most discussed Rojiblanco of the campaign so far, was used as a striker by Simeone, and was very involved early on.
After a quick combination of passes between Rodríguez, Emre and Arda, it was the latter who put Raúl García through on goal but the former Osasuna man saw his shot stopped by goalkeeper Libman.
A few minutes later García did fantastically beat the ‘keeper with a bicycle kick, but he was correctly ruled offside.
In the 18th minute Arda Turan opened the score. Filipe received the ball back from Raúl García and crossed for the Turk, who slid the ball in from close range.
Arda had a good opportunity to double his tally after another excellent assist from Filipe, but was denied by Libman who saved spectacularly.
The shotstopper again did well to save Mario Suárez’ attempt from the edge of the box.
In the second half Atlético showed some of their passing skill in midfield as youngsters Saúl Ñíguez and Oliver Torres came on and took over the reigns. They, along with the Turkish tandem of Arda and Emre, were able to keep possession and combine easily on Allianza’s half.
Sílvio was in a great position to set up a second goal, but the right back couldn’t connect with his teammates in front of goal and unsuccesfully went for his own chances.
When Simeone finally brought on a genuine striker, Atleti immediately scored. Just a few moments after coming on, Borja tapped in a low cross from Arda. Again it was Filipe who set up the goal, this time with a clever backheel after Allianza had failed to clear the ball.
Shortly before the final whistle another young cantera striker struck to make it 3-0. Pedro received the ball on a platter after great work by Oliver and Kader, and put the ball into the back of the empty net.
Line-up: Asenjo; Sílvio, Miranda (“46 Cata Díaz), Godín (“75 Pulido), Filipe; Mario (“46 Oliver), Gabi (“70 Borja); Arda, Emre (“65 Kader), Rodríguez (“46 Saúl); and Raúl García (“81 Pedro).
Goals: 1-0 Arda (“18); 2-0 Borja (“73); 3-0 Pedro (“88)