Mauricio Pochettino will have been impressed with Spurs’ performance, although disappointed by the result. Christian Eriksen’s early shot was scooped over the bar by an uncertain Jan Oblak, before Josh Onomah smashed a volley off of the crossbar moments later.
Erik Lamela had an even better chance when he was played through by Vincent Janssen, only to crash his effort against the post with Oblak beaten. Atletico then took the lead five minutes before half-time through Diego Godin. The centre-back, up for a free-kick, knocked the ball home after it was flicked backwards by Anton Walkes.
The two best chances of the second half came around the hour mark for Spurs, firstly when Ryan Mason, captain for the second period, hammered a shot which Jan Oblak parried over the bar.
Moments later Janssen’s well-hit free-kick was parried around the post by the Slovenian stopper. And it was Oblak who presented Spurs with their next chance, his slip gave the ball to Tom Carroll, but the 24-year-old was too slow on the ball and possession was eventually lost by Nacer Chadli.
Michel Vorm and Luke McGee were barely forced into a save between them, but it was Atletico who left Melbourne with the 1-0 victory. How did the Spurs players rate in the narrow defeat?
Goalkeeper and defence
Michel Vorm (Off 75) 6 - Not much to do, goal-kick sometimes put defence under pressure. Not at fault for goal.
DeAndre Yedlin (Off 60) 6 - His pace was a useful tool, both going forward and defensively. Dealt with Atletico’s threat down the right well.
Cameron Carter-Vickers 6 - Got himself into trouble on a couple of occasions, big, strong and made a couple of good challenges, but needs to keep things simple at times.
Anton Walkes 6 - Backwards header from free-kick led to Atletico’s goal but otherwise he was impressive. Didn’t make too many mistakes, and was confident in passing the ball out from the back - and receiving possession from the goalkeeper.
Kieran Trippier (Off 60) 6 - Solid from Trippier defensively, not too effectual going forward. Couple of good balls fizzed into the forwards.
Midfield and attack
Victor Wanyama (Off 46) 7 - Brilliant taking the ball out of the defence and turning defence into attack. Imposed himself on the game well, rarely gave the ball away.
Harry Winks (Off 75) 7 - Started confidently and passed the ball well, rarely gave possession away. Gave the free-kick away that led to the opening goal but that was his only negative.
Erik Lamela (Off 46) 7 - Lively on and off the ball, direct running and passing and tracked back well. Fittest player in the squad, despite playing in the Copa America. Hit the post on 22 minutes after a good give and go over the top with Vincent Janssen.
Christian Eriksen © (Off 46) 7 - Captained Spurs for the first time in the first half. Looked very good going forward early on, passing spot on as usual - long range shooting a little off.
Josh Onomah (Off 60) 6 - Rattled the crossbar with a smashing volley on 10 minutes, all round play was fairly decent but he was quiet in the second half before being withdrawn.
Vincent Janssen (Off 75) 6 - Good link up play with Lamela led to the Argentine hitting the post. When he did get the hold up play right, Spurs looked dangerous. Good effort from a free-kick just after the hour.
Ryan Mason (On 46) 6 - Captain for the second half. Smashing shot just before the hour mark saved well by Oblak. Looked up for the match, throwing himself in the direction of shots and into tackles.
Tom Carroll (On 46) 6 - Should have been quicker on the ball to set up Janssen after a mistake from Oblak gifted him the ball. Decent match for Carroll, but nothing outstanding.
Heung-Min Son (On 46) 6 - Involved in fantastic build up play which led to Mason’s shot. Looked a little frustrated at times, but was decent in possession of the ball.
Kyle Walker-Peters (On 60) 6 - One of the most promising youngsters in the squad, came on and played well at right back.
Will Miller (On 60) 6 - So impressive against Juventus, Miller had a good half an hour today. In the box for Spurs’ final attack of the game summed up his desire - the under 21s captain has a big future.
Nacer Chadli (On 60) 6 - Poor decision making led to a good chance being wasted - did OK down the right late on, but ultimately an uninspiring couple of games for the Belgian.
Luke McGee (On 75) - N/A - A couple of touches on the ball for the young goalkeeper, who completed a few passes and took a couple of goal-kicks but nothing more.
Dominic Ball (On 75) - N/A - After a hectic game against Juventus, a quiet 15 minutes for Ball playing in defensive midfield, where he was more effectual for Rangers last season.
Marcus Edwards (On 75) - 6 - The 17-year-old excites fans every time he’s on the ball, he’s quick, his close control is excellent and today he ran at the Atletico defence well, without looking worried.