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Real Madrid’s heavy defeat to Atletico no surprise to Marcos Llorente

By CJ Smith

Published: 22:05, 31 July 2019

Atletico Madrid new boy Marcos Llorente wasn’t shocked by this week’s 7-3 win over his former club and arch-rivals Real Madrid.

A remarkable game saw Atleti storm into a 7-1 lead over their city rivals, with Diego Costa grabbing four goals before being sent off in the 65th minute, while new club-record signing Joao Felix also scored.

A crazy Madrid derby: Five key things to know…

  • Atleti faced rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.
  • Goals from Diego Costa (x4), Joao Felix and Angel Correa put Atleti 6-0 up.
  • Nacho pulled one back for Real before Dani Carvajal and Costa were sent off.
  • Vitolo made it 7-1, while Karim Benzema and Javier Hernandez Carrera scored late on for Real.
  • The emphatic win has come as no surprise to Atleti new boy Marcos Llorente.

Real scored two goals late on to add the smallest hint of respectability to the scoreline but by then, the damage had already been done.

And while Llorente – who made a £36.4m switch from Real to Atleti this summer – has warned about reading too much into a freak pre-season result, the Spaniard insists the victory came as no surprise.

“We are happy. [Atletico] Madrid is a great club and we work one hundred per cent. We are satisfied with the match, the result and the team’s work,” Llorente said.

“Did the result shock me? No, I’m at Atletico, which is where I want to be. I am very happy for the team and my teammates. Now we go for more.

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“We took the game seriously and it is reflected in the result. We have to be aware that it is a preseason game. We did what we have to do and we are happy.

“What if euphoria can be harmful to the team? We have to be aware that it is a preseason game, not La Liga or the Champions League. We did what we have to do and we are happy. Nothing else.”

Real lost their following match against Tottenham at the Audi Cup but bounced back with a 5-3 victory over Fenerbahce in Munich on Wednesday.

Los Colchoneros take on an MLS All-Star team in the early hours of Friday morning before concluding their pre-season preparations with friendlies against Atletico San Luis and Juventus.

Diego Simeone’s men kick-off their La Liga season with a home tie against Getafe on Sunday, August 18.