Player ratings: Atleti sunk by the Yellow Submarine

See how we ranked the team in a disappointing night against Villarreal

Saúl tussles with Víctor Ruiz

Saúl tussles with Víctor Ruiz

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?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I think only Correa deserves a rating above 5 .
    Filipe, Jackson & Gamez are 3 .. and I’m being generous .

  • AaX

    The best Atletico line up thus far (to me) : Oblak – Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe – Oliver, Tiago, Koke, A. Correa – Griezman, J. Martinez.

    Reason Why ?
    1) Core backline of 4 added by familiarly solid def. mid duo of either Tiago – Koke or Gabi – Saul combinations. Maintaining the Backbone and Defensive Solidity, The System of the Team.

    2) Oliver and Correa creative midfield ball playing linkups (Evidently since the second pre-season matches). Both provide penetrating in box passes, exchange moves and combine well.

    3) Oliver’s combination with Jackson while were in Porto last season. Jackson has offensive plays understanding with Oliver established.

    4) Koke’s natural influence in centre mid. Having his pressings, tacklings and long passings from the centre and occasional dangerous crossings will add further security and stability to support the attacking player’s manouvers. Being trained as for Spain in that position and the natural successor for capt. Gabi and Xavi for Spain. A Great UpComing International SuperStar.

    5) A. Correa’s new found combination runs and plays with Griezmann added to what Griezzy had earlier with Koke.

    6) The team can switch instantly when needed from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 with both A. Correa and Griezmann dropping back as right and left midfielders respectively to provide the more defensive needed cover and stability.

    7) CONVERSELY Most Importantly this Season, The Team can switch on a dime when Needed to Turn On the Offensive Firepower from either 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 to 4-3-3 with A. Correa and Griezmann coming on with either J. Martinez or later Torres on the flanks to form the Attacking Trio supported by playmaker Oliver and occasionally Koke in midfield while Tiago will hold the def. mid infront of the 2 Centre Backs as the wide right and left wing backs go for a raid.

    Well Now, That’s my Best Assessment and Analysis currently for the Team.

    Those are the Consistently Best Performing Players so far and is Hopefully Best for Simeone to start recognizing and Employing Them Somewhere NOW Sooner than Later for the Ultimate Gain of the Team.

    GOD Speed. FORZA Atleti !!

  • Koke

    I agree completely with your line up. Griezmann and Correa are the reason we scored most of our goals thus far; they have been our best performers and both deserve starting berths. Jackson has been very underwhelming, but here’s where I am unsure: should his poor performances mean that he should be benched for Torres, i.e., competition will make him improve, OR should he continue to be started so that he can gain more experience to improve? That’s probably Simeone’s dilemma.

    Players that have disappointed thus far: Filipe Luis, Vietto, Jackson, Koke, Gamez.

    They really need to improve ASAP or our title hopes might fade fast. I think Koke will come good as soon as he recovers from injury and plays in the central midfield, and I think Gamez should only ever play against weak opposition or emergency injuries. The other three might need time to (re)adapt, but based on their price tags they really ought to speed up the process.

    I also want to see Saul stay far away from playing LM/RM. He should be a CM or DM only, and I want to see more of the 4-3-3, because that’s the formation when we most look like scoring. Lastly, where’s Carrasco? I think the boy has talent, let’s hope Simeone begins using him more before he turns into another Cerci. Carrasco and Correa should be the ones rotating for that Left attacker/midfield spot, not Koke and Saul.