AtleticoFans got a bit ahead of ourselves last week when we said Atlético B’s next match would be the big one against Real Madrid Castilla. That is, in fact, next weekend.
This round saw our youngsters head to Rayo Vallecano B, but Atleti, fresh off the back off their first win of the season against Badajoz, failed to produce a repeat performance and fell to a 1-0 defeat in the first of two Madrilenian mini-derbies.
Rayo’s Jorge Sáez scored the solitary goal in the 73rd minute.
Before the game, Atlético B coach Antonio Rivas was worried about his defence, with César Ortiz and Jorge Pulido absent after picking up red cards against Badajoz, but Benítez and Atienza did well to replace them.
Atlético B’s main worry lies up front, as the team doesn’t seem able to score goals. In the absence of topscorer José Collado, injured for at least another month, the team seems to lack a focal point in the attack, as Vítor still hasn’t been able to impress. In nine matches we have scored just four goals.
Atlético took some more control of the match when Sergio Marcos was brought on in the second half and Alberto Perea and Abel had decent opportunities, but we never seriously threatened goalkeeper Juan Carlos.
Next week we do take on Real Madrid Castilla on the Cerro del Espino. The boys in white have won five and lost four of their nine matches so far and have won their last three games, while Atlético B have taken just six points from nine matches.
Line-up: Iago; Benítez, Regalón, Atienza, Cantero; Fer, Roberto, Gallegos, Mínguez; Perea and Vítor.
Subs: Sergio Marcos and Abel (“52).
Goals: 1-0 Jorge Sáez