Atleti twice fought back through goals from Guilherme Siqueira and Fernando Torres to salvage a 2-2 draw at Levante this afternoon, but will come away disappointed it wasn’t more in a frustrating game on the east coast.
Our winless run at the Ciutat de Valencia continues, but the point does keep us just a win away from securing third place after Valencia’s draw in the capital last night.
See how we ranked each player below:
Jan Oblak – 6
Not really a great deal that the big goalkeeper could’ve done about either goal, the second of which was particularly unfortunate. Made a few good catches, although wasn’t called into action too much.
Juanfran – 6
The engine on the right side, who we have to give credit to for always giving 100%, even if the same can’t be said for others. Saw a lot of the ball in the second half, but couldn’t really make the telling contribution.
João Miranda – 4
We are staunch defenders of Miranda, but today really was a game to forget for him. At fault for the first goal with a careless header, and didn’t look convincing at all from then on. Late pass straight to opponent when Atleti were chasing the game summed up his performance.
José Giménez – 6
The leader in defence today, although he doesn’t look quite as assured without Godín alongside him. His diagonal balls were a useful tactic and lead to Siqueira’s goal, and he almost got one himself if not for a good save from Mariño.
Guilherme Siqueira – 7 (Man of the Match)
Was caught out of position for the first two goals, although we’ll let him off for the second as he was the one smashing it into the net. Credit where it’s due, he has stepped up his game lately but still leaves a lot to be desired defensively.
Tiago – 7
Impressive first half, with a good display of passing and fantastic assist for Siqueira’s goal. We were a little surprised when Cholo opted to replace him, but it paid off in the end. Yellow card means he’ll miss Barça match, should it go ahead.
Gabi – 6
We speak about the Gabi situation every week, and despite a decent first half, the midfield was not as good in the second and he was ultimately sacrificed. Would think that he will be replaced in the starting line-up from next season.
Koke – 6
Given the high standards that he has set himself, lately we’ve not been seeing the best version of Koke. Having not had a proper rest, well, ever, perhaps fatigue is taking it’s toll. Still, got himself an assist with the corner for Torres’ goal.
Arda Turan – 6
Like many others, good first half, faded during the second. Drifted in and out of the game, and although he produced a few moments of magic, again he wasn’t at the level we’ve come to expect. Not ending the season in great fashion.
Antoine Griezmann – 5
More or less absent today, but for a late miscue when he was in a good position behind the Levante defence. He too is looking a little tired, and just didn’t seem at all sharp today. Will need him back on his game against Barça, as a win would secure third place.
Mario Mandzukic – 7
Despite only playing an hour, this was probably the best Mandzukic has looked in over two months. With no goal since February, he’s not looking confident with his finishing, but was causing problems and getting into good positions today. Just missing the goal.
Fernando Torres – 7
Like at Villarreal the other week, he came on and scored what could be a vital goal for Atleti if they are to get that last automatic Champions League place. Looked motivated and in good shape, and really got up well to head home the equaliser. Promising.
Saúl Ñíguez – 6
We’ve been asking to see Saúl in the middle for a while, and he made a positive impact by adding strength and guile to the midfield. Having signed a new contract this week, today’s cameo could be a glimpse into his future with the club.
Raúl García – 5
No real impact from Raúl, who was mainly brought on as a target man when chasing the equaliser. Did play a part in forcing the corner for Torres’ goal, so it worked to an extent.
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your Man of the Match?