Ahead of Wednesday night’s crucial Champions League visit to the Bernabéu, Atleti were tasked with a tough trip to a Deportivo la Coruña side fighting for survival on Saturday evening.
Antoine Griezmann grabbed the headlines with both goals in a 2-1 win, the first of which a quite stunning overhead-kick which will be remembered in rojiblanco folklore for years to come.
The whole team put in a solid performance, we ranked them all below:
Jan Oblak – 7
Some will question him letting a goal in at his near post, but it came at great pace. Otherwise, dealt very well with Depor’s balls into the box, and made one crucial catch at the end with the box very crowded.
Juanfran – 6
Also perhaps takes a little blame for the goal, but steady as always at right-back. We are getting used to saying this every week, but he really is Mr. Consistent.
Diego Godín – 6
Booked in the first half, but other than that he dealt with everything that was thrown at him. Thankfully looks fully fit again after missing last week’s trip to Málaga.
José Giménez – 7
Just counting down the days until everybody recognises him as one of the world’s elite centre-backs. Dominant as usual, making one eye-catching challenge in the second half. Assist for the first goal will probably be overshadowed by Griezmann’s finish.
Jesús Gámez – 7
Set-up another goal with a long throw, which is becoming an important extra weapon in Atleti’s artillery. Also dealt well with the pacy Cavaleiro, could do with his defensive security on Wednesday.
Tiago – 7
Did a very good job of getting Atleti control of the match without usual partner in crime Gabi, especially in the first half. Still hard to believe he turns 34 next week, will also be vital in the Bernabéu.
Koke – 6
Still trying to establish what type of role he will play for Atleti when he is deep in midfield like today. Not as instrumental as he can be, but still had a good game.
Saúl – 7
Looks more and more like a Simeone type player each time he plays. Comes up all over the pitch and makes lots of intelligent touches and passes. True box-to-box midfielder.
Arda Turan – 6
Lots of endeavour in the first half, but looked a little tired and was sensibly withdrawn on the hour mark. Perhaps would’ve been more effective as a sub as we looked to tie up the game.
Antoine Griezmann – 9 (MOTM)
Excellent, not just with his two goals but also his movement, which caused all sorts of problems and kept Depor on their guard until his substitution, after which they became more adventurous. First goal was a real thing of beauty.
Raúl García – 7
One of Raúl’s best games in a while. Like Saúl, he was everywhere, setting up chances and creating them himself. Captain’s performance.
Fernando Torres – 5
Really should’ve gotten his name onto the scoresheet but Fabricio made a great save. Other than that, still looking a little clumsy with his link-up play, but even that was a lot better than at Málaga last week.
Raúl Jiménez – 6
Continues to work hard and not hide from the action, but like Torres he just has no luck. If only one of his two chances before Depor’s goals had gone in, I think once he finds the net we will see a different player.
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your Man of the Match?