Antoine Griezmann struck twice in the Costa del Sol on Saturday evening, but it wasn’t enough for all three points as Atleti were held 2-2 by a resilient Málaga side.
It wasn’t the ideal way to prepare for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League quarter final first leg against Real Madrid, but the point means the rojiblancos will end the week in third place regardless of other results.
Below, we take a look at each of players performances one-by-one:
Jan Oblak – 6
Some will point the finger at him for the goals conceded, but there wasn’t a great deal he could realistically do for either of them. Otherwise he didn’t have a great deal to do, but made a good save when called upon near the end from Amrabat.
Juanfran – 7
Steady as always on the wing, especially in the first half providing an outlet at all times. Created a couple of chances for Torres with good crosses, and battled well with Boka and Castillejo on Málaga’s left.
José Giménez – 6
So impressive against physical, imposing strikers, he had a different test today against the tricky Juanmi but managed it well. One dodgy moment in the first half as he misjudged a clearance, but fairly solid on the whole.
Miranda – 6
Was booked for a clumsy tackle on Amrabat, and made a mistake for the goal by leaving Samu unmarked as he went looking for the ball. Still felt overall he had a good game, but blotted his copybook with a couple of errors (story of his season).
Gámez – 7
Harshly whistled by Málaga fans on his return to the club he served for 15 years. Can claim an assist on the first goal with a trademark long throw, and looks more and more comfortable out on the left.
Tiago – 6
Did his usual job, and continues to play with the look of somebody 10 years his junior. Fast-paced game meant neither side really had control of the midfield, but he battled until the end.
Gabi – 6
Not a bad game by any stretch, but just seems to have lost the edge that made him such a decisive player in last year’s title triumph. Was again sacrificed before the end, will he get the nod on Tuesday?
Koke – 7
Another good game from Koke, who has gone from strength to strength since returning from injury. Ball retention was good and passing incisive. Becoming the team’s most important player, if he isn’t already.
Arda – 6
Not at his brilliant best after a virtuoso display in midweek against Real Sociedad, but did set up one good chance for Torres in the second half. Cholo opted to give him some rest ahead of the Champions League on Tuesday, let’s hope it makes a difference.
Antoine Griezmann – 8 (Man of the Match)
Becoming more and more of a talisman in Mandzukic’s absence. His two goals today take him to 21 overall, one more than the Croatian. First was a great predator’s finish, and the second clinical to save a point.
Fernando Torres – 4
Day to forget for El Niño, who wasn’t having a good game before heading into his own net on 38 minutes. Perhaps the one positive was that he was getting chances and looking hungry, but just doesn’t have any luck at the moment.
Saúl – 6
Could’ve been the matchwinner, but Kameni saved well from his right-footed effort. Other than that, he wasn’t too involved, but showed signs that he could do Raúl García’s job in the midfielder’s absence.
Raúl Jiménez – 7
Really put himself about upon his substitution, working hard in defence in attack. Set-up Griezmann’s goal with a clever knockdown, and nearly repeated the trick for Saúl. Will challenge Torres for the second centre-forward position/
Cani – N/A
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