Torres on target as Atlético start pre-season with a win

Rojiblancos ran out 2-0 winners against Numancia in Burgo de Osma

Torres opened the scoring before half-time

Torres opened the scoring before half-time

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.

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  • nandes

    I hope that Óliver was actually injured and Simeone hasn’t gone to the point of taking him out of the squad even in pre-season matches lol…

    The away kit looks nice, kinda wish it was more yellow

  • AndersAT

    I am gertting more and more worried about the striker situation. I am afraid that the club might buy someone just to buy someone. I don’t think Gameiero is a better option than Torres or Vietto for that matter. And what about Borja.

    If we can’t sign a top striker like Costa or Aubermeyang then we should stick with the guys we have. Lukaku is still young but I don’t know if he is better than the players we already got (I haven’t been watching the PL that much).

    By the way, it surprises me that Alcacer hasn’t been mentioned in the endless stream of rumors. He could be a good fit.

    And yeah, what is the deal with Oliver. We should use him or release him, either on loan or permanently.

  • thericeking

    who was number 30?

  • Palantine

    Selling vIetto to Barça for so cheap seems like awful business but what do I know

  • Hannu

    Dont think so too. Would be quite a turn off from where we started if we sign Gameiro. Atleti has said that are going to sign striker and now it seems that if we arent getting Costa or Aubameyang or…we just sign someone for the sake of signing. I think better just stick with Torres, Baston and Correa.

    No that you said it Alcacer could be option!

  • Hannu

    I think Oliver should be released permanently no matter how it hurts to lose our own boy but it seems that he just wont make it with Simeone. Maybe to Dortmund..

  • AndersAT

    Totally. Barca is our worst opponent. If they want our players they should pay the release clause. That is my opinion.

    By the way, it is a bit weird Simeone plays Vietto in the pre-season if he doesn’t plan to use him. He could have used Borre, Gaitan or Correa

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Classic Torres goal. Good start. Atleti may need to wait until the winter transfer for a striker. I just don’t see any top 5 strikers leaving their teams.