Atlético tightened their grip on third place on Wednesday evening as a special goal from Fernando Torres secured all three points at El Madrigal.
Here is our take on how our players performed on the night.
Jan Oblak – 8 (Man of the Match)
An incredible match from the Slovenian keeper as he made a terrific save in the first half to keep the match level. Jan commanded his box very well catching everything that came his way.
Juanfran – 6
A quiet match from the Spaniard as we didn’t see him race down the wings as he usually does. His crosses were a bit poor tonight, but his defensive presence was solid.
Diego Godín – 8
The Uruguayan giant was incredible once again. He made an impressive goal-line clearance and made crucial tackles and blocks in the second half. The Madrigal was whistling him all night, but it only made him play better.
Miranda – 7
Great work as usual from the Brazilian as he made several key interceptions and tackles.
Jesús Gámez – 8
What a match by the Spaniard. He was involved in the attacking aspect of the match and made great plays with Koke, Arda and Gabi.
Gabi – 7
Our captain kept his composure and made several recoveries in the midfield. He took one for the team when he committed a tactical foul in the first half and received a yellow card. He provided good defensive and attacking contributions until he was subbed off.
Tiago – 6
The veteran Portuguese midfielder was a bit slow today and had a couple of sloppy passes. However, his aerial work was impeccable and his clearances were effective.
Koke – 7
An eager match from the midfielder as he was trying to do it all, but sadly not much came from his boots today. He had a chance to score in the first half, but his shot just grazed the post. In the second half he dropped deeper in the pitch to replace Gabi.
Arda – 6
The Turk had some incredible dribbles and almost scored in the first half, but he did not do much else. Arda seemed tired and lacked creativity with the ball and was subbed off in the second half.
Antoine Griezmann – 5
A disappointing match from the Frenchman as he seemed a bit out of it. He had a good chance to double the lead, but placed his shot directly at Asenjo.
Mandzukic – 6
The Croat was very active in this match and played well. He had a few headed opportunities, but they were too weak or off target. His hold up play was excellent and he defended when needed.
Fernando Torres – 8
Torres came on and it seemed like there were two of him; he was everywhere. His constant pressuring allowed him to score the only goal of the match after capitalizing in a defensive mistake and dribbling past three Villarreal players.
Saúl – 5
Saúl still seems a bit out of it and he didn’t add much to the game. He had initiative when he first came on as he tried to score off a volley, but his shot went wide. After that, the youngster disappeared and didn’t do much on the pitch.
Raúl García – 6
An away match just isn’t the same without Raúl García and it was strange not seeing him on the pitch until he came on for Gabi. He was active and constantly pressuring and trying to force the Villarreal players into making mistakes.