Atleti kicked off a triple bill of pre-season friendly action early on Saturday morning, playing a half each against lower league sides Guadalajara and hosts Leganés in the Butarque stadium.
The main attraction was the debut of Jackson Martínez, who played 55 minutes in total before being replaced to a good ovation for Ángel Correa.
After a goalless first period against Guadalajara, the La Liga side went down 1-0 to Segunda División outfit Leganes thanks to a goal on 25 minutes from on-loan Juventus winger Gabriel Pires.
The winner came after a mistake from Saúl, although the youngster was said to be the most impressive performer as he continues to try and earn a starting place in midfield.
He was particularly active in the opening period, as Atleti did just about everything but score against Guadalajara. The likes of Vietto, Thomas and Raúl García also all came close, but 0-0 it ended.
Jackson’s best chance came after the break, but after good work from Gaméz on the right wing, he couldn’t find the target with his shot across goal.
It was the hosts who would score the only goal of the two halves, as Pires capitalised on Saúl’s error and finished from close range to condemn the visitors to their first defeat of pre-season.
By all accounts, Atleti were far superior than Guadalajara before the interval, but dropped a level against an impressive Leganés side who were worthy of their win.
Not satisfied with just the two opponents, Cholo‘s men are also in action this evening against Real Sociedad in Alicante, although the Colombian striker won’t be involved against David Moyes’ team.
However, we will see Filipe Luís’ second debut in red and white, with Godín and Giménez also returning having missed the recent tour of Asia. Kick-off is set for 21:00 CET.