The Vicente Calderón was packed as 53,800 spectators enjoyed the sun in Madrid and saw Atleti beat Granada 2-0. The game winning goal came from the foot of first time scorer Miranda and in the added time Falcao contributed with a second. With Filipe suspended the Rojiblancos lined up with Álvaro Domínguez at left back.
Atlético welcome Abel Resino back to the Vicente Calderón on Sunday, as they take on the former Rojiblanco goalkeeper and coach’s Granada side at 12:00 CET. Diego Simeone’s men must shift their focus back to their quest for a Champions League berth, facing off against the last coach to take them there in Resino. With
Atlético Madrid continue their dry spell after failing to score against Granada. The Rojiblancos haven’t scored in their last three league games and were lucky to leave Los Cármenes with a point, because for most of the match home side Granada seemed closer to breaking the deadlock.
Atlético will head south into Andalusia to face off against Granada in competitive action for the first time since the 2000/01 season – when the two sides met each other in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals – and the first time in league play since their 1975/76 campaign. The match kicks off at 22:00 CET on Saturday.
A week before the Europa League qualifier against Stromsgodset, Atleti played two short friendly games but failed to impress. On Thursday night we lost both of our mini-matches against Granada and Besiktas by the same slim margin of 1-0. With seven days to go before our first official match of the season, coach Manzano still has a lot to worry about.