Atlético Madrid perhaps didn’t shine as bright as some were expecting in their season opener against Las Palmas on Saturday night, but did get the three points courtesy of a deflected free-kick from Antoine Griezmann in the first half.
The Frenchman looked sharp up top with new signing Jackson Martínez, and was one of the stand-out players in a solid team performance that deserved the three points.
See how we rated each player’s game below:
Jan Oblak – 7
Proved just what a good goalkeeper he is, as despite not having too much to do, he came up trumps when needed. Crucial save in the second half to deny Las Palmas from a corner, did incredibly well to get down and keep it out.
Juanfran – 7
Our ‘rayo‘ was his usual self on the right wing, defending well and providing the width from the right. Some good signs of an early understanding with Óliver, and put in a number of dangerous low crosses in particular.
Diego Godín – 7
Robust as ever at the back, doing a good job of keeping the lively Araujo fairly quiet. Almost made contact with a first half Gabi corner, which would have been the perfect way to celebrate his new contract.
José Giménez – 7
The starter this season after Miranda’s departure, and is already showing signs of seniority at just 20 years of age. Full of confidence and looking better in possession of the ball. Scary to think how good he can become.
Filipe Luís – 7
Solid second debut for the club. Perhaps not quite as good as his first game last time round where he set up Diego Costa in a similar 1-0 win against Zaragoza, but the difference between him and Siqueira is clear as day. Delighted to have him back.
Gabi – 7
Early days, but the way he stomped his authority in midfield was remeniscent of the Gabi of 2013/14. Many had him down as a squad player this year, but after a deserved break, hopefully he’ll return to the form that made him the most important player in our title win.
Tiago – 7
Excellent in the first half, and kept things ticking in the second. Someone will have to dig up his birth certificate, as I still refuse to believe he is really 34.
Óliver Torres – 7
Óliver Turan? Maybe not as good as those who have watched regularly know he can be, but his performance was no worse than many we saw from the Turk last season. Look confident and at home in the #10 shirt.
Koke – 6
We are looking for Koke to step up again and become a real leader of the team this season, whether he is wide like today or in centre midfield. Not as involved as he would’ve liked to have been, although nearly curled home a free-kick in the last minute.
Antoine Griezmann – 7 (Man of the match)
The matchwinner, and probably overall best player today. Was in and out of the game, but still did well in his general play. Last year he scored 22 having only found his feet at the end of December, how many if he’s on form from the very start?
Jackson Martínez – 6
Only given an hour, and will probably need time to settle into the team and build up his fitness. Quicker in his link up play and movement than Mandzukic, but perhaps not as much as a presence. Still, promising enough for a first game.
Fernando Torres – 5
Endeavouring as always, but not his best showing in the red and white. Miscontrolled an excellent pass from Gabi that would’ve taken him through one-on-one, and was booked (harshly) for a dive in the penalty area.
Ángel Correa – 7
Perhaps the biggest bright spark from the match. He was everywhere when he came on, and had the fans off their seats with his twists and turns. Denied a debut goal by a great block from Alcaraz, but great to see him on the pitch at last.
Raúl García – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your Man of the Match?