A new-look Atletico Madrid suffered a setback in their opening La Liga match of the season when they squandered several chances and twice struck the post in a 0-0 draw at home to CA Osasuna yesterday.
In brilliant sunshine at a festive Calderon, midfielder Eduardo Salvio was guilty of poor finishing and curled an effort off the upright in the first half, while former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes hit the post with a powerful swerving shot shortly after the break.
Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez pulled off a string of fine saves to deny the home side and Atletico were fortunate substitute Nino opted for power rather than precision in blasting wide from close range at the death.
Madrid’s second club have seen Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and Spain under-21 goalkeeper David De Gea depart for the English Premier League this summer, while Uruguay forward Diego Forlan looks poised to leave for Serie A side Inter and was not included in the squad for yesterday’s game.
Atletico also have a new coach in Gregorio Manzano, who has begun a second stint with the club after replacing Quique Sanchez Flores at the end of last season.
He has brought in players including club record-signing Falcao, Turkey midfielder Arda Turan, and Spanish under-21 striker Adrian.