Atlético Madrid cruised to another win in their second friendly of the summer, with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres sealing a 2-0 win at Real Oviedo on Tuesday evening.
After seeing off Numancia on Saturday, the colchoneros returned to the scene of their infamous relegation 15 years ago against the Segunda División newcomers with a commanding performance.
Simeone went out with an attacking formation, playing all three of Vietto, Griezmann and Carrasco in attack with Koke in just behind. Stefan Savic also started in defence.
After a quiet first 20 minutes or so, Antoine Griezmann it was who edged the away side in front just before the half-hour mark, ghosting free from his marker and side-footing Luciano Vietto’s delightful through ball past ‘keeper Esteban.
It was an excellent first time finish from the Frenchman, and an even better pass from Vietto to fashion the opportunity. Hopefully the first of many times we see them combine in red and white.
Oviedo did have a golden chance to equalise later on in the half, but Oblak did brilliantly to save 1-on-1 from Miguel Linares after a mix-up at the back between Juanfran and Savic.
That was the best it would get for the hosts, as Atleti controlled from more or less start to finish.
Cholo made six subs in the second half, but the team continued with the same rhythm and didn’t look at all affected by the changes in personnel.
Óliver Torres was given another cameo in midfield and put in an impressive showing, as did Ángel Correa up top alongside Raúl García and Fernando Torres.
It was the latter two who combined for the second goal, and despite Oviedo ‘keeper Rubén Miño making a good save to deny an RG8 snapshot, Fernando Torres was on hand to poke the rebound home.
Atleti deserved the 2-0 cushion, and should really have added more in the closing exchanges. Torres in particular was guilty of wasting a big chance, deciding not to shoot but instead square to Correa when through on goal, which he managed to get all wrong.
However, it wasn’t to matter in the end as Simeone’s men saw out the result in expert fashion, as we’ve seen countless times in his tenure so far.
The Argentine boss will have been happy with his new signings in particular, with Vietto perhaps the most impressive performer on the night. Lucas and Savic also looked assured at the back, and Carrasco looked threatening out wide.
Next up, the team are off to Asia for their pre-season tour, with games in China and Japan in the next week or so.
Line-up: Oblak; Juanfran (Gámez “57), Savic, Lucas, Siqueira; Gabi, Tiago (Saúl “57), Koke (“Raúl García), Carrasco (Óliver “57); Griezmann (Correa “57), Vietto (Torres “57).
Goals: 0-1 Griezmann (“28); 0-2 Torres (“68)