Atlético picked up its second win of pre-season on Saturday evening with a convincing 2-1 win over Real Betis in Seville.
After thrashing Alcalá 8-2 last week, los Rojiblancos carried on their impressive form and turned in a comfortable performance against the Segunda side.
Quique Sánchez Flores is still missing his three World Cup stars Agüero, Forlán and Simão, and also had to do without the injured César Ortiz, Raúl García and Leandro Cabrera. The coach still had plenty of choice though, as many canteranos were involved.
One of our Atlético B youngsters stole the spotlight in the first half. Alberto Perea first assisted Ignacio Camacho’s opening goal from a corner, and then after a magnificent solo run through the middle of the pitch, finished excellently to double Atlético’s lead.
The 19 year-old is determined to take his chances and impress the coaching staff, building on his impressive performance against Acalá a week ago where the winger scored and was credited with an assist.
Quique took off the entire midfield and attack during half time, and brought on Antonio López as well. But it didn’t have the desired effect, as the performance hardly improved. Play was often interrupted for an unnecessarily high amount of fouls from either side.
Just after Salvio had wasted an opportunity, David Odonkor put one back for Betis at the other end. The pacey German was put through and rounded past De Gea before slotting it in the back of the net.
Shortly after the goal Fran Mérida created a huge opportunity for Eduardo Salvio, gently lifting the ball into the Argentine’s path, but Goitia pulled off an amazing reflex to stop Toto’s attempt. With the amount of space Betis were giving away at the back, Atleti tried to hit the home team with fast counter-attacks, but the Betis keeper wasn’t worked as much as los Colchoneros would have liked.
Atleti played with a back four that could potentially play for the first-team this season. I was a little worried at times, as the defence didn’t look a whole lot better than last season. Quique has spent a lot of time improving our defence this pre-season, let’s hope we’ll see some results of that soon. It might also help if we just leave Juanito here in Seville tonight.
Line-up: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Juanito, Domínguez; Perea, Mario Suárez, Camacho, Mínguez; Ibrahima and Diego Costa.
Subs: Antonio López; Paulo Assunção, Raúl García, Fran Mérida, Reyes, Jurado, Salvio
Goals: 0-1, Ignacio Camacho; 0-2, Alberto Perea; 1-2, David Odonkor