Atlético Madrid were 2-1 winners over Valencia on Sunday night, although it really could and should have been more after a first half performance that will live long in the memory at the Vicente Calderón.
Jackson Martínez and the impressive Yannick Carrasco scored the goals, but the red and whites were almost made to pay for missed chances as Paco Alcácer reduced the arrears from the penalty spot.
Read on to see how we rated the team’s performance:
Jan Oblak – 6
Didn’t really have a save to make all game, but came out to claim two crosses in the final stages to relieve the pressure on his defence and the stress levels in the crowd. Looking more and more like an elite ‘keeper each passing game.
Juanfran – 7
Excellent as always. We feel like we say the same about Juanfran every game, but is consistency is frightening. Constantly a threat on the right flank and steady as usual in defence. Up there with the world’s best in his position.
Diego Godín – 6
Made two uncharacteristic errors in the second half, most notably hauling down Mustafi for the penalty when he was really going nowhere. Apart from that, commanding and dominant at the heart of defence.
José María Giménez – 7
Despite a couple moments of madness from Godín, he kept calm and had another flawless evening. Between the two centre-backs, neither Paco or Rodrigo had a sniff in the Valencia attack for the most part.
Filipe Luís – 7
Getting better each match, and looking more or more like the old Filipe. His link-up with Carrasco was remeniscent of how he and Arda used to play, which can only be a good sign. Hopefully the late injury is nothing serious.
Gabi – 7
Industrious and destructive in midfield, and had to be given the Valencia lined up with four primarily central players. Still able to play the high intense style Cholo demands, despite some doubts over his age and fitness.
Tiago – 8
Majestic performance, and if not for Carrasco he would’ve been the obvious choice for man of the match. So tidy, intelligent and classy, and is the main who makes the team tick. Is there are more underrated player in European football?
Koke – 7
His best game this season and for quite some time, and showed just what an asset he is with his clever one-touch play and boundless energy. Put in some great crosses as well, great to have him back.
Yannick Carrasco – 8 (Man of the match)
Didn’t think he could improve on his performance against Astana from midweek, but somehow he stepped it up and against much stronger opposition. The goal was superb, and his workrate and ball retention really caught the eye. Got the ovation he deserved.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Another game without a goal, but he was busy as usual up front, causing problems with his clever movement and fast link-up play. Doing a great job to provide the link we have been missing between midfield and attack.
Jackson Martínez – 7
Like the other new signings, he is improving each match and looking more and more at home now he has a few goals under his belt. Took the opener really well, and the applause he got when substituted will only help his confidence.
Fernando Torres – 6
Came on and did what Cholo would’ve asked, although didn’t quite look in tune with the rest of the team. Still waiting for that 100th goal, and should’ve really scored it after heading Griezmann’s cross wide of Jaume’s goal.
Óliver Torres – 5
Not overly involved, but neat and tidy in his touches and kept the ball when he had to. Like Torres, the speed of the game was perhaps a bit much for him, understandable especially after the first half.
Ángel Correa – N/A
What did you make of the performance as a whole? Did Cholo make a mistake in taking off Carrasco?