Mario Mandzukic was the biggest star of Atletico's friendly campaign, scoring seven goals and adding three assists in just five games.
Atletico Madrid: Preseason
Atletico Madrid has completed their preseason in brilliant fashion, winning all five of their games and rising as the victors of a friendly tournament in England. The side outscored their opponents 20-3 in those matches, showing their strength ahead of the upcoming season.
The new signings got a chance to show their abilities in the side, and youngster Marco Ramkilde also impressed in his short stints with the first team. Let's take a look at the results:
VOLGA NN 1-6 ATLETICO MADRID
Antoine Griezmann (x2), Jesus Gamez, Jose Luis Gaya, Mario Mandzukic (x2)
BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0-2 ATLETICO MADRID
Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Partey
ATLETICO MADRID 2-0 BIRMINGHAM
Mattia Destro (x2)
LEICESTER CITY 1-2 ATLETICO MADRID
Guilherme Siqueira, Marco Ramkilde
RAYO MAJADAHONDA 1-8 ATLETICO MADRID
Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandzukic (x4), Thiago, Mattia Destro, Arda Turan
Things started outstandingly for Los Colchoneros against Volga NN. Mario Mandzukic scored twice, starting his amazing form that led to him finishing the preseason with seven goals and three assists, including a four goal performance against Rayo Majadahonda in the final match.
The Croatian striker wasn't the only man making an impact up front. Teenage Danish striker Marco Ramkilde, widely considered Michael Laudrup's young protege here in Madrid, scored his first ever goal for the Atletico first team in the Friendly Cup Final against Leicester City in the form of a 66th minute game-winner.
Marquee signing Thiago Alcantara also had a stellar start to his time in red and blue. The Spanish superstar was influential in all of the matches he played and managed to pitch in a goal and two assists. He, Gabi, and Koke have formed an extremely formidable trio in the middle of the park.
Atletico kick off their competitive season soon in a home match against newly promoted Lugo before playing FC Barcelona twice in the Supercopa de Espana. With form and morale up and preparations complete, things are looking bright for 2015-2016.