Both sides had not really impressed in pre-season up till this point and would have sought to use this match as a medium to gel into form, but while Atletico played their part well, Real Madrid totally lost the script, falling to a 4-goal deficit in the first 28 minutes.
A second-half rally was enough to make the final scoreline of 7-3 somewhat presentable, but two late goals cannot cover the fact that Real Madrid were extremely poor on the night.
In what was a totally shambolic performance front to back, virtually every Los Blancos player could be put on a wall of shame for disappointing in the match, but we shall limit them to just four in this piece.
These were the four most disappointing players for Real Madrid against their city rivals:
#1 Thibaut Courtois
Having initially been undecided about his first-choice goalkeeper, the general consensus is that Thibaut Courtois would man the sticks for Zinedine Zidane next season.
Against Atletico, the former Chelsea shot-stopper was handed a start from the get-go but had to pick the ball out of the back of his net after just 30 seconds.
It was a foreboding of things to come, as a further four goals were shipped into the Real Madrid goal in just 45 first-half minutes.
In fairness to Courtois, he was very much a victim of circumstance, as there was not much he could do about any of the goals but this does not change the fact that conceding five goals in one half is just not befitting of a Real Madrid goalkeeper and the 27-year-old would not look back on this match with fond memories.