Two early goals saw Atlético Madrid past David Moyes’ Real Sociedad team on Tuesday night, securing an important win to keep the pressure on at the top of La Liga.
Mikel González headed into his own net early on to give the red and whites the lead, and Antoine Griezmann doubled the lead shortly after against his former club. It was a low-key affair, but Atleti were in control for most of the match and deservedly took all three points.
We assess each of our individual players performances below:
Oblak – 7
Solid, transmits security, makes saves when needed and now with four clean sheets in a row. His introduction to the team has definitely been positive, but does he keep the number one spot when Moyá is back?
Jesús Gámez – 6
On his natural right side today, and although not as impressive as his recent showings on the left, he is proving to be quite a shrewd acquisition. Not as good in attack as Juanfran, but plays as if he has been in the Atleti defence for years.
Miranda – 7
La Real played without a striker, but he came back into the team and dealt with everything they did have in attacking with minimum fuss. With him, Godín and Giménez available, Cholo has a decision to make ahead of next week.
José Giménez – 6
Strong as ever at the back, although some of his distrubition was a little wayward at times. Didn’t have a great deal to do, but when called upon was alert as ever.
Guilherme Siqueira – 6
After a spell out of the team, he came back with enthusiasm and a good attitude. Needs to learn his limitations, but provides a good outlet on the left that we’ve missed with Gámez there instead. Not really tested defensively.
Tiago Mendes – 7
Just gets better with age. The cool head in midfield, reading danger before anyone else with his cool head and wealth of experience. For us, now the first choice at centre-midfield.
Mario Suárez – 6
Up and down, in true Mario Suárez style. Shooting was not great, and at times he lost concentration in particularly towards the end. Hopefully ready to end the season strongly following recent good form.
Koke – 7
Great game from our midfield machine. Is there anything he can’t do? Involved in both goals, and with every game looks more and more like a senior figure despite his tender years. Captained the team once more.
Arda Turan – 8 (Man of the Match)
Just class. Ran the show in the second half, and was unlucky not to have scored himself just before the opening goal when his shot struck the post. His close control, work rate and footballing brain are as good as it gets.
Antoine Griezmann – 8
Really impressive against his old team. Sharp in front of goal as demonstrated by a smooth first time finish, tidy in possession and always looking to link-up and make things happen. Great to see him back in goalscoring form.
Fernando Torres – 5
A game to forget for Torres. Uninvolved in most of the play and didn’t have any sightings of goal. At times seems clumy and ponderous in possession, hopefully something that will be worked on with one of Profe Ortega’s gruelling pre-seasons.
Raúl Jiménez – 6
Like Torres, he needs to find that sharpness in front of goal. Have to admire his effort and endeavour, which the crowd seem to have finally realised, but his lack of goals, or even chances, is worrying.
Gabi – N/A
Saúl – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your Man of the Match?