Atlético Madrid started pre-season with a win on Saturday, as Fernando Torres scored to seal a 2-0 win against Numancia in the Memorial Jesús Gil y Gil trophy.
After finishing their two week training camp in Los Ángeles de San Rafael, manager Diego Simeone used the match to give minutes to his squad and try out some different systems ahead of the new season.
In front of a packed crowd at the municipal stadium in Burgo de Osma, new signings Sime Vrsaljko and Diogo Jota were given debuts and young winger Amath was also handed a chance from the start.
There was no place for Nico Gaitán though, he joined the likes of Óliver, Giménez, Manquillo, Moyá and Velázquez in the crowd due to fitness reasons.
Much to the 1,500 fans delight, it was a familiar face who opened the scoring before half-time. Tenacious as ever in midfield, Augusto won the ball before feeding Fernando Torres who finished in style.
The club continues their search for a new ‘nine’, but El Niño looks to have picked up from where he left off last season and will provide strong competition to whoever does eventually come in.
Cholo introduced a whole host of new faces for the second half, including Luciano Vietto who, according to reports, is set to join Barcelona next week.
Tiago also got 45 minutes under his belt in just his second appearance since his leg break last December, and brothers Lucas and Theo Hernández lined up together in defence.
Vietto was involed right from kick-off, setting up the second goal as his cross was turned into his own net by former Atlético B-team captain Francisco Regalón for 2-0.
By all accounts, the red and whites were the superior side throughout and played with their usual intensity and organisation, despite not really getting out of first gear in an attacking sense.
After lifting the unnecessarily oversized trophy and escaping the traditional pitch invasion, the team will now enjoy two days rest before flying to Australia for friendlies against Tottenham Hotspur and Melbourne Victory down under.