It wasn’t a vintage attacking display, but Simeone engineered a classic away performance on Sunday afternoon, winning 2-0 against Real Sociedad thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco.
Goalmouth action was few and far between, but the red and whites took their chances and closed the game out in typical fashion as David Moyes was left to rue his luck once more with the Txuri-Urdin.
Read on to see how we rated the team against La Real:
Jan Oblak – 6
Didn’t have a great deal to do, but was alert to everything that was thrown at him which is the mark of a good goalkeeper. Perhaps could do with working on his distribution a little.
Juanfran – 6
Juanfran did what Juanfran does. Solid in defence, an outlet in attack, and up and down the right wing tirelessly all game. Didn’t influence the game much going forward, but was dependable as always.
Diego Godín – 7
Most of La Real’s attacking intent came from crosses into the box, which played into the hands of Godín and Giménez in the Atleti backline. Had to watch his step after an early booking, but did so expertly as he has done many times before.
José Giménez – 7
See above. Had his name taken in the first five minutes by the card-happy but Iglesias Villanueva, but it didn’t faze him and he kept his cool. Put his body on the line late on, but perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty.
Filipe Luís – 6
Made a definite improvement on the last few matches, getting forward well and joining the attack when needs be. Did well in possession and also stood strong in defence.
Gabi – 6
Like Juanfran, he is one with whom you know what you are going to get. A nightmare to play against for the opposition midfield, but ideal for this type of game. However, not quite as decisive on the ball than off it.
Tiago – 7
You lose count of all the crucial tackles and interceptions he makes over the course of the match. Such a clever player and instrumental to this team, whether we are a defensive style or a more expansive one. Unsung hero.
Koke – 7
Despite his slow start to the season, it became clear just how important he is whilst he was out injured. Crucial in linking midfield to attack, and gives the team it’s dynamism. Can claim an assist for Griezmann’s goal.
Ángel Correa – 6
In midfield today after starting the last two games in attack, but wasn’t as influential. Perhaps the game didn’t suit him, and he’s covered some miles over the international break. Hopefully he’ll keep his place in midweek.
Antoine Griezmann – 7 (Man of the Match)
Quiet in the second half, but outstanding in the first. Not just his stunning opening goal, but his movement, link-up play and work rate were all first class. The difference maker in this team, and will only get better and better.
Jackson Martínez – 5
Showed some promise against Benfica and in the derby, but looked uncomfortable again today. Fortunate not to score an own goal after a mix-up from a corner with Oblak. Have to feel a goal would make a huge difference to his confidence.
Yannick Carrasco – 7
Starting to look like an Atlético player, and the real replacement for Arda Turan. Did what Cholo would’ve asked off the bench, doing well on and off the ball and offering an outball for the defence. Took his goal really well.
Fernando Torres – 6
When he got the ball he did well, held it up and was able to carry it which was important given the pressure La Real were putting on. Got his head up to play Carrasco in for the second goal, and probably deserves to start at the moment.
Saúl – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Could Griezmann, Carrasco and Correa play in the same team?