Atletico Madrid was brought back down to earth with a bang after a humbling defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad.
It has been said that this could be Diego Simeone’s year to break the Barcelona Real Madrid stranglehold on the La Liga title.
After a summer which saw outgoings, it also saw a fantastic influx of experience mixed with young prodigious talent too.
After going unbeaten in the first three games of the season and sitting pretty at the top of La Liga, lowly Real Sociedad were not thought of a potential banana skin for Atletico.
Real Sociedad, packed out their Reale Arena in San Sebastian for the first game since redevelopments were completed.
The Crowd was not disappointed.
New Signings Martin Odegaard did his parent club Real Madrid a favour by scoring and then Sociedad’s other new signing Nacho Monreal got the second.
The first half ended with scores all even at 0-0. Although Odegaard had opportunities, along with teammate Mikel Oyarzabal.
But Atletico shot-stopper Jan Oblak and new defender Kieran Trippier kept the ball out of the net.
The second half began with teenage sensation Joao Felix having the chance to break the deadlock, only to miss the opportunity. He was unusually quiet in this game and it left his team short of firepower.
The first goal came in the 57th minute from Odegaard.
Although he was credited with the goal, his shot took a wicked deflection off Stefan Savic, to leave Oblak wrong-footed and the ball burined in the back of the net.
It was only four minutes later that the lead was doubled and the game essential over.
In what can only be described as a bizarre incident. The usual safe hands of Oblak missed a catch and thus handing a debut goal to Monreal.
Worse still, was the fact that Oblak sustained a facial injury in an attempt to recover from his mistake, which resulted in him having to be substituted out of the game.
¡Grítalo buen fuerte!#RealSociedad 2-0 Atletico de Madrid
— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) September 14, 2019
While Diego Simeone’s team did not lay down and fought back to try and recover. It was simply not to be.
Sociedad keeper Moya who was formerly of Atletico made a couple of spectacular saves to keep his team in control.
Atletico will now turn their focus to Champions League football.
They will hope Oblak will be fit and back to his best along with the rest of the Madrid team, as Italian giants Juventus await them.
Simeone told the clubs official website, atleticomadrid.com, that improvement was needed.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 14, 2019