Despite a good performance in the opening match of the new Liga BBVA campaign, Atlético failed to make the most of a number of opportunities and slumped to a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Osasuna.
Atlético dominated the first half but struggled to break down Osasuna’s defence. When we did, the team lacked a final punch which Diego Forlán or Falcao, sitting next to each other in the stands, possibly could have delivered.
That’s not to take away anything from Salvio and Adrián, who linked up well and played a strong first half.
In the third minute Adrián almost put Atleti ahead, but he failed to fully control Gabi’s long ball forward.
Despite dominating possession, Atlético found themselves threatened by the visitors on occasion, although the shots from distance weren’t enough to surprise on-loan Thibaut Courtois.
In the 17th minute Los Rojillos seemed to get into a position to score, but Álvaro Domínguez cleared the danger just in time.
Just before half time Atleti had another chance to break the deadlock, but again failed to find the finishing touch.
The biggest opportunity fell to Salvio after Adrián played a beautiful backheel through the heart of the Osasuna defence, but goalie Riesgo saved with his left foot to deny Atleti the first goal of their season.
Some minutes later the Osasuna ‘keeper had to come off after a collision with Salvio and he was replaced by youngster Andrés Fernández.
Nino came close to scoring for Osasuna after Tiago lost the ball in midfield in added time at the end of the first half, while Salvio hit the post with a shot from distance shortly after.
After the break Atleti came out of the dressing room with the intention of quickly forcing an opening, but Fernández, who had only ever played one league game for Osasuna before, kept los Colchoneros out.
He kept out Adrián, Gabi and Mario as Atleti slowly ran out of ideas. Even Arda Turan, who made his official Atleti debut, and former-Osasuna player Juanfran couldn’t break down the defensive wall the visitors had put up inside their area.
The biggest chance in the second half was for Reyes, but today things weren’t going Atleti’s way as the ball again came back off the post.
Osasuna almost got a lot more than they deserved, but Courtois saved Lamah’s attempt spectacularly.
In the 92nd minute Osasuna almost nicked all three points, but Nino missed an incredible opportunity from close range after good work by Lamah, as Atleti fans breathed a sigh of relief.
The last chance of the game was for Mario Suárez, but he again found Andrés Fernández in his way.
The match finished goalless, which comes as a huge disappointment to Atleti fans who had hoped to start the new la Liga season with a win.
Next week we won’t play due to the international break, but the following week the team travels to the Mestalla for the clash against Valencia.
Line-up: Courtois; Sílvio, Perea, Domínguez, Filipe; Tiago (“75 Juanfran), Mario, Gabi; Salvio (“60 Arda Turan), Adrián and Reyes.