Jackson off the mark as Atleti retain Trofeo Carranza

Rojiblancos finish pre-season on a high with 3-0 win over Real Betis

South American trio head Atleti to another pre-season win

South American trio head Atleti to another pre-season win

Three goals in the last 20 minutes were enough for Atleti to retain the Trofeo Carranza on Saturday night, in what was a tough test against Real Betis in Cádiz.

Jackson Martínez will grab the headlines as he opened his account for the red and whites, and José Giménez and Ángel Correa were also on target on a 3-0 win.

Despite the scoreline, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Diego Simeone’s team, and for much of the match it was hard to see where the breakthrough was going to come from.

The Argentine boss lined up with arguably his strongest XI, but up until the closing stages they were expertly contained by a very well drilled and motivated Betis side.

If not for Jan Oblak, the capital club would’ve gone into the half-time interval a goal behind, but just before the whistle he got down to make a stunning save from a header to keep the scores even.

That was the best it got in terms of chances during the first 45 minutes, but Atleti did begin to show their quality after the break and start asking questions of Pepe Mel’s team.

It was the introduction of Ángel Correa just after the hour mark that was the game’s turning point, with the youngster adding an air of unpredictability to proceedings with his quick feet and clever movement in between the lines.

The opener came just past the 70 minute mark, and it was another of our South American prodigies who found the net. After the impressive Óliver Torres crossed from a short corner, José Giménez rose highest to plant a powerful header into the bottom corner.

It had been coming, although Betis were doing an excellent job of stifling our attacking player and giving up next to nothing in the final third.

The La Liga newcomers continued pressing, but Atleti went on to kill the game in ruthless fashion in the last two minutes, as two of this year’s pre-season debutants got in on the act.

In what was his first appearance with the main squad, Jackson Martínez hadn’t had things all his own way, but did what all good strikers do and got his name on the scoresheet to put daylight between the two sides.

Juanfran was the creator this time, getting to the byling and hanging a cross into the box, which the Colombian headed from a standing position past former Real Madrid ‘keeper Antonio Adán for 2-0.

Shortly after, Ángel Correa added a third with another header, cleverly flicking Filipe Luis’ near post cross into the bottom corner.

It wasn’t a classic by any means, but the rojiblancos showed excellent resilience and motivation to find a way to break through Betis’ stubborn backline and win the match in style.

Next time we take to the pitch it will be at the Calderón in the La Liga opener next weekend, and the signs are very good heading into the new season.

  • Kris

    Awesome 2nd half. Correa, good. Saul, no nonsense play, love it. 4-3-3, after the intro of Angelito worked very well and Oliver started playing better in the midfield with Koke and Tiago. Tiago reads the game like no other in the team, that’s for sure. So good, but a little slow. Tiago over Gabi for me any day though, because Tiago actually moves forward. Filipe also did good, but hes obviously not the same Filipe of 2 years ago. Oh, and Oblak is a tremendous goalkeeper!!! LOVE the player! We have so many options for this season, it’s incredible.
    We’re gonna have a great season, guys.. Aupa Atleti!

  • Billy

    Incredibly premature to say Filipe ‘obviously’ isn’t the same as before after a couple of pre-season matches. Remember, he played Copa América and only started training a little over two weeks ago, give him time to get his rhythm back. He’s been pretty good so far as well…

  • I wish this game was available in the USA!

  • Ringo

    All I hope is it doesn’t take as long as the last time we bought him haha, but I believe in him.

    In the beginning I felt Tiago played a bit rushed, sadly I didn’t watch the second half of the game.

    a 4-3-3 with Óliver one of the players in the middle is something that looks pretty good to me.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    i really like to see the captain armband on koke and i already really like correa. u can see the joy on his face everytime.

  • Kris

    Filipe, for me, two years ago was a Ballon d’Or contender. He was at the peak of his career and there was’t another left back as good as him. From what I have seen,he’s still really good, just not as good as he was two years ago.
    But I do agree with what you say regarding time. Every player needs time to adapt to Simeone’s Atleti. That’s why it’s important we sign players at the early stages of the preseason.

  • AaX

    ITS A DO OR DIE giving it all for the upcoming opening games before the 1 week break and encounter with the La Liga and European Champion after. We should be ready to Blast and rev All Out the team’s engine from the First go against Las Palmas in the opening match at The Calderon to register considerable lead before resting the Main Players by the Hour as preparation for the next upcoming though away game at Seville. (We can afford to expend much due to that 1 week break)
    I hope Tiago and Koke will start as the Team’s Centres and also El Cholo, Will be demonstating Exceptional rotational skill of such a Resourceful and Improved reserve squad This Season. RIGHT, NOW LETS BEGIN, FORZA ATLETI !!!

  • starvs

    Yes, no reason to have more depth than ever if we are not going to use it. Think this will allow us to finally get the answer if Cholo just doesn’t rotate period, or hasn’t because the quality has not been there to do so.

  • AaX

    Anticipating a 4-3-3 mid game switch strategy this season. Could prove a MasterStroke Hopefully.

  • David in SF

    Atletico rvp- nice to meet a fellow American colchonero. I used to get people looking me like I was crazy for wearing a forlan jersey. Whereabouts in the states are you from?