Atleti laboured to another draw at Espanyol on Saturday evening, making it four away games in a row without a goal.
Miranda’s straight red card just before half time was the main talking point of an uneventful match, but even with 10 men, the red and whites created most of the chances and came closest to winning the match. The point sees us drop to fourth behind Valencia.
Miguel Ángel Moyá – 5
Question marks were raised over Moyá following Valencia’s equalising goal last week, but he responded with a clean sheet. Saying that, he wasn’t tested at all and didn’t really have a save to make all game.
Juanfran – 5
Worked as hard as ever on the right hand side, but like a few others, you do have to feel that he is struggling to play at his best level. Clumsy backpass in the first half almost let in Caicedo.
Godín – 6
Like most of the defence, he wasn’t overly tested but kept his concentration throughout the game. Unfairly punished early in the second half for Griezmann’s disallowed goal, as replays showed he jumped cleanly against Álvaro González.
Miranda – 4
Perhaps cost us the game with an over zealous challenge just before half-time that resulted in his red card. Some calling for Giménez to start ahead of him, although the two will play together on Tuesday as Godín is suspended.
Jesús Gámez – 5
It seems when Gámez plays at left-back, we don’t win. Not really his fault given it’s not his position, but we’d much rather Lucas or Ansaldi. Worked hard and offered support, but it’s becoming clearer and clearer how much we miss Filipe.
Tiago – 5
As always, he does his job well but it’d be nice to have a bit more creativity in the central areas. Missed a good chance to play in Griezmann in the second half.
Gabi – 5
Sadly, the influential and inspirational Gabi of last season hasn’t been seen in quite a while now. Physically and mentally, he’s dropped a fair few levels. Was taken off again as we chased the goal, contributed little of note.
Koke – 6
Worked harder than anybody else and nearly opened the scoring early on. His set pieces seem to have a lost a big of magic though, no assist for him since November now. Still, one of our better performers.
Raúl García – 6
You know what you are going to get from Raúl García. Had the chance to win the game late on but was superbly thwarted by Kiko Casilla. Battled well but didn’t have much luck through the game.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Looked sharp on his return from suspension. All of our best play came from him, and had the referee got it right, he could’ve been going home today the matchwinner. Will wonder why he was taken off at 0-0.
Fernando Torres – 5
Again, he was the unfortunate man to make way at half-time after Miranda’s dismissal. Came close to opening his La Liga account early on but Casilla tipped his header over. Not getting the rub of the green after a great start.
José Giménez – 6
Solid as ever. Will start on Tuesday in Godín’s absence and again against Getafe next week as Miranda will serve (at least) a one-game ban. We’d quite like to see him keep his place from then on.
Arda Turan – 6
Saved for Leverkusen, but we could’ve done with him from the start. Grafted as usual after coming on, and could’ve also won the match late on as Casillas saved his close range affort.
Raúl Jiménez – 5
His hold-up play is nice, he has a good attitude and tries hard every minute he gets, but is he good enough for Atleti? The jury is still out, but we’d like to see something from him soon. Too little time to really make an impact today though.
Do you agree with our ratings? Was the team selection correct in your opinion?