Player ratings: Griezmann steals the show in Donostia

Frenchman back on form against old side as Atleti run out 2-0 winners

Griezmann got the ball rolling with stunning early goal (AS)

Griezmann got the ball rolling with stunning early goal (AS)

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?

  • Ringo

    I would like to see those three as a front three in a game. Would have so much speed, creativity and positional manoeuvres between them. Koke, Óliver and Saúl/Tiago/Gabi in midfield behind them (Tiago and Gabi are best, but in the near future they’ll need replacing, perhaps the Astana game is a chance to play with just one for once?

    Koke seemed to be back in mental shape, less rushy, and sober positioning. Our defending (although lacky a few times) seems to be getting back into shape, with it feeling more usual again to see us not conceding a goal at all. The game going forward needs more time, I guess, (and speed, obviously).

    The defense is something no one could argue about with Cholo, even if he doesn’t give Savic and Lucas many chances to prove themselves, you know he picks solid defenders who aren’t that bad at getting the ball forward. Tiago and Gabi might be our most important players, but they’re the ones slowing us down the most, actually, since they are the first link to the more forward minded players. They pass well, but they usually need their time to see free players and that usually ends up in the end of a chance at opening the play up. I love them, but both of them is just too much, and defensive trust in Koke and Oli is much needed, in my opinion. It’s a project, though, and we know Cholo plays it safe with changes, so we’ll just have to be patient. He already places more trust in youngsters than he used to (see the Correa and Oli minutes), even if he has to.

    This was a pretty bad game offensively, but there’s something to build upon. I hope Cholo tries a more offensive midfield in Kazakhstan, but we’ll have to wait and see. I am pretty sure we’ll win that game. Underestimating is not the way, though, they should not forget to work hard for every bit of the pitch and ball. Dominate the game.

  • José
    Giménez got a bogus yellow card very very early in the game, and even though
    the ref, Iglesias Villanueva, was driving me nuts with all the cards,
    he got the call right, not giving RS a penalty. I think Atleti did great
    and stayed calm over the hyper sensitive referee. Real Sociadad did
    not, and then you saw those red cards come out.

  • Rowly

    I was hoping to see a 4-3-3 with Koke-Tiago-Gabi in midfield and Correa-Martinez-Griezmann up front as I think this would be our best formation to get the best from our players so I was disappointed to see 4-4-2 again, but we won so happy days.
    It doesn’t feel as though it has clicked or that everything has fallen into place yet, however we are in a good position and getting results against good opponents so credit where it’s due we are still doing things right and when we really find form the skies the limit, hopefully we find form at a good time.