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