Atlético Madrid picked up three big points against Eibar on Saturday evening, and had their substitutes to thank as Ángel Correa and Fernando Torres linked up for both goals in a 2-0 win.
After an unconvincing first half, Simeone shuffled the pack at half-time and it paid dividends, as the rojiblancos went on to dominate the match and overcome a spirited effort from the home side.
Read on to see how we rated the player’s performances…
Jan Oblak – 6
He may not look it, but it’s easy to forget that Oblak is just 22. Such a calming presence, always decisive and holds onto everything. Again, he did what he had to and added another clean sheet to his name.
Juanfran – 6
Linked up well with Griezmann in the first half and created a good chance for Jackson. Defended well for the most part, and saved his own blushes late on as he almost headed past Oblak for an own goal. Steady as usual.
José Giménez – 7
Solid as ever. Didn’t have a massive amount to do, but is looking now as if he has played in Atleti’s backline for the last 10 years. One particular interception in the second half stands out, where he did well to read the situation and clear from danger.
Diego Godín – 7
See above. He and Giménez could form a legendary partnership for club and country for years to come still. Eibar forward Sergi Enrich was barely given an inch.
Filipe Luís – 6
Good for the most part, although still feel that he is having to find his feet again and build up his fitness to the level Cholo requires. Nearly opened the scoring early in the second half with a long range drive.
Gabi – 6
Wasn’t his most memorable game in an attacking or creative sense, but he and Tiago had the better of the midfield and did their jobs which allowed the attacking players more freedom.
Tiago – 7
Two years ago we were wondering if Tiago could play two times a week, but now at 34 he looks fitter than ever and has played every minute so far this season. Excellent once more, positionally so good.
Koke – 6
Not a bad game. Getting better after a drop in form these last few months, and surely only a matter of time until we see his best version again. Still needs to work on those set pieces, but was involved and played an important part in the win.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
Best player in the park in the first half, but uncharacteristically quiet in the second as the substitutes took control. Still, when he picks up the ball in the final third you know there is danger. One of Cholo’s stalwarts now.
Luciano Vietto – 5
Looking a lot like Griezmann did at this stage last season. Played well in midweek, but looked a yard off the pace here and was subbed off at half-time. Nothing to worry about.
Jackson Martínez – 6
His substitution was a little more surprising as he was playing well, linking up and getting amongst the chances. Like Vietto, it should fall into place for him soon, and when it does…
Fernando Torres – 7
Possibly his best match since returning. When charging forward a few times he really looked like the El Niño of old. Did well to set up the first goal and finished confidently for the second. Playing his way into the line-up.
Ángel Correa – 8 (Man of the Match)
What can we say? So satisfying to see him get off the mark after a turbulent 18 months. Having trained with the first team since new year, he looks up to speed and ready to play a big role. Great game, great goal, great assist. Real prospect.
Óliver Torres – 7
Everybody knows what a talent Óliver is, and today he really showed it as Cholo took the shackles off and let him play a central role. At 20, he is already able to control games at the top level and looks ready to be a starter as well. Brilliant cameo.
Do you agree with our ratings? How impressed were you with the substitutes in particular?