Player ratings: Atleti find scoring touch against Astana

Lots of good performers for the red and whites in comfortable 4-0 win

Players celebrate the fourth goal against Astana

Players celebrate the fourth goal against Astana

Atlético Madrid produced their best attacking display of the season so far against Astana on Wednesday night, beating the Kazakh side 4-0 to move top of Group B in the Champions League.

A late own goal added to strikes from Saúl Ñíguez, Jackson Martínez and Óliver Torres, but it was Yannick Carrasco who really stole the show with a brilliant performance on the wing.

Read on to see how we rated the team man-by-man:

Jan Oblak – 7

Although he wasn’t overly involved during the course of the match, he showed just why he is such a top ‘keeper with one stunning save in the second half in particular from Kéthévoama. Was there when we needed him.

Juanfran – 7

Really impressive first half in particular, and was like a motor on the right having to provide the width given we had the more central-minded Saúl in front of him. Can claim an assist for the late own goal.

Diego Godín – 7

Focused, dominant and the leader in defence as usual, which was important as he wasn’t alongside his usual partner in Giménez. Unlucky not to score his first of the season as a number of corners came his way, but Astana ‘keeper Eric kept him out.

Stefan Savic – 6

A few nervy moments in the second half, although that was perhaps to be expected in his first Champions League appearance for the club. Definitely feel that he has a bit of Godín about him, confident on the ball but no nonsense when having to defend.

Guilherme Siquiera – 6

Only his third game of the season, and he looked a little rusty at times. Still, plenty of good intent and looked to have a fairly good understanding with Carrasco. Wasn’t really called into action defensively.

Gabi – 7

The captain had control of the midfield from start to finish. On top form with his set pieces and passing, and also did brilliant for Óliver’s goal with a lung-busting run and selfless pass. Just a shame he didn’t get any rest.

Tiago – 6

Smartly taken off at half-time by Cholo, who wrapped him in cotton wool ahead of Valencia’s visit on Sunday. Typical Tiago performance, simple but effective in the heart of midfield. One of our most important players now.

Saúl Ñíguez – 7 

Did well in two positions, as an interior in the first half and midfield in the second. Showed the confidence he has with a delightful backheeled goal, and looks ready to take on more responsibility in the team and squad.

Yannick Carrasco – 8 (Man of the match)

Inspired match from Carrasco, who is really starting to shine now in red and white. Brimming with confidence and ability, every time he got the ball he looked dangerous and he had a hand in the first two goals. The standout performer tonight.

Antoine Griezmann – 6

Quiet for his standards, but did get a few sightings of goal in the first half before being withdrawn before the hour mark. Some nice link-up play with Jackson, lets hope he’s saving the goals for Sunday.

Jackson Martínez – 7

Not only did he finally break his duck and get off the mark at the Calderón, but he also did well in general play and worked hard for the team. Could’ve had two or three goals, but you have to feel that they will come within time.

Subs

Óliver Torres – 8

Showed his talent after coming on at half-time, passing the ball around with a real swagger and looking like the player that shone on loan at Porto last year. Took his goal really well, hopefully now he can push on and perform on a regular basis.

Ángel Correa – 7

Picked up from where he left off in the last Champions League game against Benfica. Another young player full of natural skill, he created two great chances for Torres and played a great pass to Juanfran for the fourth goal. Joy to watch.

Fernando Torres – 6 

Should’ve probably scored on two occasions after Correa twice played him in, but was thwarted first by the ‘keeper and then a poor touch. Making the right movement, but perhaps that 100th goal is playing on his mind.

How impressed were you with the performance tonight? Would you start Carrasco, Óliver or Correa against Valencia?


  • Ringo

    Start with Óliver and Correa and bring on Carrasco at half time for a midfielder if it’s tied, for one of the forwards if ahead. Cholo will probably take off Oli after 60-70 minutes, perhaps for Saúl.

    Gabi played the whole game, Tiago only half a game and Koke no game. Let’s play Koke next to Tiago. Jackson and Griezmann up front. Carrasco will mostly stick to either wing, with Oli having more of a free role, like Griezmann. I’m sure they’re intelligent players to see where to not stand in eachother’s way and where to aid eachother.

    Then again, it’s Valencia, so I expect Cholo to play Tiago-Gabi in center midfield, Koke and Oli in offensive midfield and Griezmann and Torres or Jackson up front. I’m liking Torres’ supersub momentum, so I’d kick off with Jackson.

  • Ringo

    I’d like to see an attack consisting of Grizi, Carra and Correa, though. I know they’re more second strikers/wingers usually, but together I feel like they could rip defenses apart with quick passing, if both Oli and Koke play behind them.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Actually, Simeone did say last Tuesday in the pre-game press conference that it is a possibility to play without neither Jackson nor Torres .

    But I find that hard to believe, I mean sometimes he played with both of them !
    And he didn’t put Koke in the center yet as he did say he will, I’m not calling him a liar, but I think he is very cautious and very reluctant to drastic changes, and while the performances of the team are not always convincing, but the results make it very difficult to disagree with him .

  • Urban

    Some time ago I wrote I have a lot of faith in Carrasco and he keeps proving me right! Amazing game, if he keeps developing at this pace he can be one of our key players. And Saul is amazing, but only if he plays as DM. Playing him in more offensive positions is mistake, Koke and Oli are much better siuted for that.

    Anyways, we have to remember that we have played with reserves of Astana, so it was hardly a test for us.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Simeone needs to try the Griezmann, Carasco and Correa in a 4-3-3 against a very week team or if we are winning the CL group stage, use it as an experiment. I think our offense will be so fast, defenses will not be able to keep up.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Almost everybody is taking about 4-3-3, but I really like 4-2-3-1 more, I think it’s more suitable for us, and more realistic, a direct change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 seems very sudden to me .

    And I don’t know if anybody agrees with me on this, but I also think that 4-3-3 has made several teams vulnerable in defense, even big ones .

  • Rowly

    I think you’re right about 4-3-3 exposing the defence more. Maybe 4-3-3 in the ‘easier’ games and 4-2-3-1 in the tougher games. 4-3-3 definitely suits our players more in my opinion, although in time I’d like to see a CM combination of Saul-Koke with Oliver in front of them, a bit of a twist on 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 as Oliver isn’t a second striker.

  • Chewie

    The game was like a friendly match in spirit – lots of showing off, bold moves, not much fouls and aggression. Astana made a wise move by leaving 5 key players out of the squad – they certainly knew that they had zero chances. And I personally was happy to see the guys having fun. Only Torres was a disappointment, the score could’ve been 6-0 if Griezmann or Jackson were in his place.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    I can see what you are saying.

  • thericeking

    i love the 4-2-3-1 idea… not sure about the too fast a change part or exposing the defence with a 4-3-3.. i think 4231 maintians the defensive line, removes playing tiago and gabi at the same time as on is koke and it keeps jackson playing with a fast 3 behind him..

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Keeping a target man, a classic number nine is another reason for me to prefer 4-2-3-1 .
    I can’t imagine Atleti without one, even Barca returned to use a number nine, a classic one, not a false one, Guardiola too is using one with Bayern, and both Suarez and Lewandowski are scoring a lot of goals .

  • h007

    Yes we will be more vulnerable in defence but will more dangerous in attack . You just cant be offensively or defensively stronger at the same time