Atlético Madrid left El Madrigal empty handed on Saturday night, losing 1-0 to Villarreal after a horror performance from more or less every player in red and white.
The team had zero creativity and it showed, as they struggled to break down the Yellow Submarine’s stubborn backline. Continue reading to see how we rated the player’s performances.
Jan Oblak – 6
He may have conceded once, but there was nothing he could have done during the goal. Otherwise a solid match from the goalkeeper.
Jesús Gámez – 5
First match of the season for the Andalusian right back and it was one to forget. His throw ins were never quite good enough and his attacking presence was non-existent.
José Giménez – 6
Not as solid as we’re used to, but the youngster still had a good match and defended well when called upon.
Diego Godín – 6
Godín was solid, but had some lapses in concentration. Most of the danger came from his left side of the pitch, but the fault wasn’t really his.
Filipe Luís – 5
Filipe Luis had a horrible match by his standards. Villarreal’s players were attacking with ease on his left side of the pitch. He improved in the second half and added a well needed attacking presence in the upper third of the pitch, but it wasn’t enough.
Gabi – 5
Gabi couldn’t keep the ball at all during the first half and his positioning was poor at times. He was subbed off at half time.
Tiago – 6
By far his worst match of the season, but then again it still wasn’t that bad. His final touch was lacking.
Saúl – 5
Saúl struggled immensely during the first half while positioned on the left wing of the pitch. Villarreal’s players were running chaos on his end. However, once he was shifted into the central midfielder position next to Tiago, his performance improved greatly.
Óliver Torres – 5
A poor match by Óliver’s standards. He seemed to react half a second late and didn’t hold on to the ball like it was expected. Definitely not his night.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
His performance can be described in one play: his miss in the last play of the first half. The Frenchman had good movements, but the ball never came to him and when it did it was either to far from the goal or too wide.
Jackson Martínez – 4
Nearly all of his passes were misplaced and he only managed to shoot once. He didn’t pressure too much and wasted position numerous times. It’s still early in the season, but Jackson needs to improve quickly.
Fernando Torres – 6
He immediately caused an impact once coming on, but it wasn’t enough. His movements in the upper third of the pitch were good, but he didn’t have any concrete chances. He helped out by constantly pressuring the Villarreal players.
Ángel Correa – 7 (Man of the Match)
Correa’s introduction was massive for Atleti, but sadly he couldn’t score. His link up play with Filipe and Griezmann were wonderful. He nearly scored after a one-two with Griezmann, but Areola made a wonderful save.
Luciano Vietto – 5
Came on at half time and offered a bit more in possession, but he wasn’t able to shoot once. Promising minutes from the Argentine, but it’d be harsh to judge him on this match as the whole team performed below standards
Do you agree with our ratings? How impressed were you with the substitutes in particular?