Player ratings: Atleti return to winning ways

Calderón salutes a new idol on children's day, but who was our MOTM?

Brace for Griezmann takes him to 25 for the season

Brace for Griezmann takes him to 25 for the season

Atlético Madrid put Wednesday’s Champions League disappointment behind them this afternoon, giving their younger fans a day to remember against Elche with a much needed 3-0 win.

Antoine Griezmann stole the show on El Día Del Niño with two more goals, either side of a Raúl García special to secure the three points in the second half.

There were many good performers on the day for Atleti, read on to see how we rated the team.

Jan Oblak – 5

Another clean sheet for the big Slovenian, who didn’t have a great deal to do over the course of the match. A few nervy moments, but did what was needed of him when called upon.

Jesús Gámez – 7

Many questioned his signing, but it’s turned out to be an inspired one. He may not have the most ability, but was born to play in Simeone’s Atlético. Solid both on the right and left of defence.

Diego Godín – 7

Back when he first signed, Godín was a very capable defender prone to mistakes and lapses in concentration. Now, he’s a very capable defender and shows it in every single game. Flawless once more.

Jose Giménez – 7

Sergio Ramos may not know who he is, but the world will do so before long. Wins everything at the back, and leads by example despite only having turned 20 in January. One dodgy moment with Godín early on, but a rock otherwise.

Guilherme Siqueira – 6

Impressive on the left, before being forced off with injury just after half-time. Linked up with Raúl García a few times in the first half, and was keen to get forward at all times. Does he have a future in this team?

Gabi – 8 (Man of the Match)

Our captain was back to the level of last season today, bossing the midfield in a rare game in which Atleti enjoyed the lion’s share of possession. Excellent in defence and attack.

Tiago – 7

We say it every week, but Tiago really does keep getting better and better. His cool head is so crucial in midfield, and he almost found the net on two occasions towards the end of each half. Like a fine Portuguese wine.

Koke – 8

A little under-par in the two Champions League derbies, but we also saw Koke return to his best today. As usual he was everywhere, and could’ve had a memorable assist in the first half had Torres been able to finish.

Raúl García – 7

When fully fit, RG8 is a real asset for Atleti and today he showed just why. Not only did he break his scoring duck, but he created a number of chances and caused havoc in and around the Elche penalty area every time it went forward. Into double figures for the season.

Antoine Griezmann – 8

Despite a quiet first half, he was the match winner once more with two predatory finishes, taking his total to 25 for the season in all competitions. So deadly in front of goal, you have to wonder just how good he can become in the next few years. Hopefully the whispers of an improved contract come to fruition.

Fernando Torres – 6

We can’t be too hard on Torres, as despite his lack of luck at the moment, he is working exceptionally hard for the team and continues getting into the right positions. Pre-season will do him the world of good.


Juanfran – 8

His introduction for Siqueira was inexplicit, but helped changed the game as he played a part in the first two goals. With an engine like his, you have to wonder whether he really needs any rest?

Saúl – 7

The youngster had a night to forget in midweek, but showed great mental strength to bounce back against his hometown club, not hiding from the action and claiming an assist for Griezmann’s second goal. The Frenchman was keen to show his appreciation, and the fans also sang his name when he came on which was nice to see.

Raúl Jiménez – N/A

  • Chewie

    Well, to me it seems that those players that did well today did not do so because they were inspired or regained/gained their form. I believe they played well because of the inferior opponent. However much we like them, Tiago and Gabi, Gamez and Siqueira can’t compete with Real, Barcelona and even have trouble playing with Bayer, Valencia and Sevilla. Whenever we face a more classy or a younger team, our midfield veterans start making mistakes, and our left backs start losing their duels and abandoning their zones.

    So I would wait and see how today’s heroes will do against Villarreal or Athletic.

    Though Gabi was great indeed. Juanfran’s and Saul’s subs were spot on – surprisingly effective. Torres had his share of chances and showed great desire but very poor finishing. Even so, I think he’s more useful than Mandzukic against bigger teams. Griezmann is mind-blowing. While the world thought that Mandzukic would become our super-striker, the little Frenchman kept going and surpassed every expectations.