Player ratings: Two points dropped in the Riazor

Giménez mistake gifted home side a point, but who impressed for Atleti?

Griezmann was sub par against the Galician side

Griezmann was sub par against the Galician side

Atlético Madrid were left ruing an uncharacteristic mistake from defensive starlet José María Giménez against Deportivo on Friday night, as they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw in the Riazor.

Tiago’s first half goal looked to have Diego Simeone’s side in control, but they sat back in the second half and were punished by former canterano Lucas Pérez, who nipped in to score his sixth goal of the season.

See how we rated the players below:

Jan Oblak – 6

Safe hands as usual, nothing he could have done for the goal. Didn’t really have to extend himself too much during the course of the match, but was there when needed.

Juanfran – 7

Great first half, providing a constant menace on the right hand side. In 2013-14, most of our wing play went through Filipe on the left but the balance has shifted. One of our better performers.

Diego Godín – 6 

Unlucky not to have scored what would’ve been a crucial second goal as his header crashed off the post just before half-time. Dealt with most of Depor’s crosses and looked assured throughout.

José María Giménez – 6 

Was badly at fault for Lucas’ equalising goal, but had a good game otherwise. Covered when he had to and made one delightful nutmeg on Fajr. Will only learn from the mistake, despite his evident devastation.

Filipe Luís – 6

Looking more comfortable in the team now than a few weeks ago, and had a few good moments in the first half when Carrasco was on the pitch. Still needs to work on his crossing.

Gabi – 7

Another impressive game, especially in the first half as he dominated the midfield with his precise passing. One particular ball to Jackson stands out. Good worked cancelled out by Depor’s equaliser.

Tiago – 7

Touch of class with the goal, and had a typically impressive game up until half-time. In the second half his influence dwained, and he was sacrificed as Cholo chased the winner. Still, his evergreen performances are a sight to behold.

Koke – 6

Same story as most of the team, good first half, disappointing second. Looked like the Koke of old at times in an impressive first 45 minutes, but was nowhere to be seen after the re-start. Still not quite at top form yet.

Yannick Carrasco – 7 (Man of the match)

Again, probably our best performer and winner of our Man of the match award for the third successive game. Excellent in the first half with his driving runs and clever link-up. Like against Valencia, the intensity dropped when he went off.

Antoine Griezmann – 5 

Going through a bit of a slump at the moment, with only one goal in his last 7. Doesn’t quite have the spring in his step at the moment and seems a bit lightweight at times, but it’s not through lack of trying. Sure he’ll return to form soon.

Jackson Martínez – 6

Despite not scoring, I felt this was one of Jackson’s better away performances so far in an Atleti shirt. Looked at home in the team, although took his time with a couple of first half chances which he perhaps should’ve scored. Slowly but surely…


Ángel Correa – 5

Not a great showing from Correa, who has made a positive impact in more or less every game he has played so far. Lost the ball a few times and failed to spot teammates in better positions. Difficult game for him.

Saúl Ñíguez – 5

Looked assured when he dropped into midfield, but his introduction for Jackson at 0-1 summed up our second half approach. No fault of his, but it would’ve been nice to see us chase the second goal.

Fernando Torres – N/A

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Tiago is my man of the match .

  • Urban

    We played for a draw and we got a draw. I hope this is a lesson for Cholo.

    Tiago MOTM.

  • Mitch

    From this article, it seems like it wasn’t Cholo intentions to sit back (not attacking) during the 2nd half….?

    Simeone criticises Atletico Madrid after Deportivo draw (

    The Argentine was disappointed with his side’s second
    half display in Friday’s 1-1 draw as they passed up the opportunity to
    go top of La Liga

    Diego Simeone says his Atletico Madrid side did not deserved anything more than Friday’s 1-1 draw against Deportivo.

    Atletico would have gone top of La Liga with a win but Lucas Perez
    equalised with 12 minutes remaining to cancel out a first-half volley
    from Tiago.

    While Simeone feels a share of the spoils was the right outcome, he criticised his side for their second half display.

    “A goal for each side – I think this result is fair,” the Argentine said.

    “The first half was very good, but in the second we didn’t attack.

    “They didn’t create clear chances but we stopped doing what we had been
    doing in the first half. We should have kept that continuity from the
    first half.

    “We’re on the right road, the team looked very impressive in the first half.”

    Deportivo were grateful for a mistake from Jose Maria Gimenez, who
    dallied to allow Perez his goal, but Simeone refused to blame the
    defender for his team failing to close out the result.

    “These are details of football,” he said. “The second half was about much more than just one moment, it didn’t define the game.

    “The most dangerous threat we faced was shots from distance, from Faycal.

    “The problem was that we didn’t do in the second half what we did in the
    first. I’ll take the positives from that first half performance.”

    Atleti travel to Kazakhstan to take on Astana in a crucial Champions League fixture on Tuesday.

  • Chewie

    The statistics someone mentioned earlier shows it all: every year since winning the League we start worse than the previous one. Compare that to Simeone’s words that he will not leave the club as long as there’s progress to be made. Well, it seems like despite all the reinforcements, the team is gradually regressing. I believe that this season and the one after that will be defining for Simeone. If he doesn’t win anything in this 2 years, having one of the best squads in the club’s history, he really should go.

    I absolutely agree with the comments made earlier about the style of play. It was fascinating to watch Atletico the champions with the team playing on the edge of their possibilities, showing the best defensive/counter-attacking football in the world. But with the amazingly talented young guns like Carrasco, Correa, Oliver, Griezmann, with top full backs and solid centre backs, with a super-skilled striker and one super-sub, with a brilliant goalkeeper, should we be playing for 1-0 with Deportivo?

    This is really a waste of talent. Let’s just assess the team’s attacking potential:
    Juanfran played as a winger, he’s tireless, persistent and willing to attack. Filipe played as a winger in Depor, he’s also tireless, has good technique and is a clever passer. Godin and Gimenez are big guys who are dangerous in set pieces. Gabi and Tiago are both quite good at scoring and starting attacks, plus solid in defence. Siqueira is very fast and eager in attack. Gamez has an insane long throw. I don’t even need to mention the youngsters for they are all more than capable of playing beautiful attacking football.

    It’s a very difficult situation for Simeone – he cannot rely on the past schemes and has to change, which is always difficult. I would say that we should not expect results this year and look instead for signs of positive change and growth.

  • 007

    Yes i agree with you.I think with players like oliver , koke, Griezmann, Carrasco we are much more suited for attacking based tactics.I think Simeone should change to 433/4231 and play oliver as attacking midfielder alongside Koke and Tiago.I think this would help us to get best out of our midfield.I think Koke-Oliver can be the new Xavi-Iniesta.With a front 3 of Griezmann-Correa/Vietto-Carrsco.And i think we should start Correa/Vietto over jackson who has been a flop so far.

  • titihenry

    Looks like Simeone has already discovered that just defending without even trying to Combine or to be dangerous against the opponent´s Goal isn´t enough. This Statement of him makes me very hopefully: “The first half was very good, in the second half we didn’t attack at all and that provoked no compromised defensive situations because they had not generated chances to score, but it’s true that the team did not stop doing the things it did in the first half which it did very well and that is obviously the path we should follow, continue with this game that gives us chances to score, attack far away from our goal. We are keep in mind the first half to continue improving.”

    Seems that he wants to Change the schemes to attacking more and creating more chances with using our tremendous offensive-power.

  • Urban

    This is exactly what I wanted to write today after I had some sleep with this defeat. After reading his post-game comments from the press conference I think we might be actually pointing fingers at Cholo too fast. Probably the truth is much, much more sad. It was not his idea to hold back in the 2nd half, it was simply the inability of our players what was holding us on our own part of the field. Having spent all this money we still cant make a team who could go for it all. Of course you can also partly blame cholo for the fact that he still has not forged a team out of those magnificent players, but we cant put that draw simply on a bad, too cautious strategy.