Atleti’s first friendly match of the new season was hardly a test. In Los Ángeles de San Rafael we beat local amateur team CD Arcángel by 19 goals to 1.
Gregorio Manzano sent out a 4-4-2 formation with Reyes and Juanfran on the wings.
After only a couple of minutes Reyes had already opened the scoring and cantera striker Pedro soon added a second. Arcángel surprisingly struck back with a shot from outside the area to make it 1-2 and earned a consolation goal.
After that the floodgates opened.
After just 25 minutes Atleti had already scored six goals and the scoreboard read 12-1 when the teams went into half time. In the second half the coach changed all his personnel and opted for a 4-3-3 formation, including new signings Sílvio and Gabi.
Atlético B forwards Pedro and Collado left a good impression scoring a combined total of 7 times. Most goals were set up by Juanfran, Koke and the dynamic duo on the left, Reyes and Filipe.
With Gabi as the main creative outlet and Diego Costa as targetman Atleti added another seven goals in the second half.
On Thursday we play our second pre-season friendly, but this time against a Segunda División B side: Gimnàstic Segoviana.
Line-up 1st half: Joel; Valera, Manquillo, Regalón, Filipe; Juanfran, Koke, Raúl García, Reyes; Pedro and Collado.
Line-up 2nd half: Iago; Sílvio; Pulido, César Ortiz, López; Gabi, Assunção, Fran Mérida; Saúl Ñíguez, Diego Costa and Noguera.
Goals: 0-1 Reyes; 0-2 Pedro; 1-2 Rafita; 1-3 Pedro; 1-4 Filipe; 1-5 Collado; 1-6 Koke; 1-7 Pedro; 1-8 Collado; 1-9 Filipe; 1-10 Reyes; 1-11 Collado; 1-12 Collado; 1-13 Fran Mérida; 1-14 Gabi; 1-15 Diego Costa; 1-16 Saúl; 1-17 Saúl; 1-18 Diego Costa; 1-19 Diego Costa.