Atlético Madrid were undone by the quality of Barcelona in a difficult loss earlier this evening, with two fine goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi giving the champions a comeback win after Fernando Torres opened the scoring.
The rojiblancos were not on top form against Luis Enrique’s side, but will still feel aggrieved after a frustrating performance both by the players and the officials in the Calderón.
See how we rated the team’s efforts below:
Jan Oblak – 6
Was unlucky to let in two goals of the highest quality, otherwise he was confident as usual and saved everything that he had to. Showed just how far he’s come since the Barça cup game back in January, where he was at fault for a couple of goals.
Juanfran – 6
Endeavourous as always, providing an outlet both in defence and attack. Had his work cut out at times but didn’t make any mistakes, although some of his crosses were not quite at his usual standard.
Jose Giménez – 6
Perhaps a little fortunate not to have had a couple penalty calls go against him, but held his own again in an important match. Was undone slightly towards the end as Messi came on, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary.
Diego Godín – 6
Made a few crucial interceptions and clearances, but like Giménez was also lucky not to have a penalty – and probable red card – called against him. Solid for the most part.
Filipe Luís – 5
Limited performance, we saw little of him in attack and he too could’ve been sent off after escaping punishment for a late handball. Maybe still feeling the effects of the injury that kept him out of the Sevilla match, and looked hurt towards the end.
Gabi – 6
Despite his mistake for the goal, which is a blemish on what had been an excellent start to the season, he is still looking more like the player that patrolled the midfield in 2013/14. Looks much more energetic and refreshed after the summer break.
Tiago – 6
Great thinking to play Torres in for the goal, and played his role like we know he can. Still, made a few minor errors and never really stamped his mark on the game, as Barça expectedly dominated.
Koke – 5
Improved a little towards the end, but it was another in a worryingly increasing number of quiet games from the Spanish international. Would like to see him in the centre, but Arda and Raúl García’s exits leave us short out wide.
Óliver Torres – 5
When he had the ball he showed his class, but just couldn’t get into the game. Tough game for a player like him, and he was withdrawn on the hour mark. Saw yellow for a first half foul on Neymar.
Antoine Griezmann – 5
Like Koke, he was too quiet for our liking. Did stretch the Barça defence a few times and showed signs of what he can do on top form, but just feel he needs to show a little more in the big games to really be considered one of the elite.
Fernando Torres – 7 (Man of the match)
He always gets his critics, but Torres was probably our most dangerous player tonight. Aside from the goal, he had three or four other attempts and was positive with his touches. Mascherano and Mathieu would have been relieved when he went off.
Yannick Carrasco – 6
Would like to see him starting games soon. You can tell that he’s a little raw still, but he has genuine pace and trickery and could be a real asset to the starting XI. Gives a much different option to Koke and Óliver.
Jackson Martínez – 6
Looked hungry and motivated, and showed better hold-up play than in the opening day win over Las Palmas. Hopefully it won’t be long until he’s fully up to speed and scoring more goals like the one against Sevilla.
Luciano Vietto – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Should Torres keep his place over Jackson after his goal and performance?