Atlético Madrid make the 3,500 mile journey home from Astana empty handed on Tuesday night, as they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by the hosts in freezing Kazakhstan.
Simeone’s men failed to overcome the sub zero conditions and put in a fairly under-par performance, looking like a bunch of strangers at times as they struggled to create any real goalscoring chances of note.
See how we rated each of the players below:
Jan Oblak – 7
Although he didn’t have any notable saves of note to make, having to stand in the freezing cold for most of the match didn’t faze him. Attentive when needed and caught everything. Top ‘keeper.
Juanfran – 6
Created the best chance of the match for Torres with an excellent cross-field ball and was solid in defence for most of the match, but didn’t really do much in attack. Pitch didn’t help.
Diego Godín – 6
Bar one fluffed clearance in defence, he was solid but should really have headed Carrasco’s second half corner on target, if not into the net. Ten months now since he last found the net in an Atleti shirt.
José Giménez – 6
Recovered well from his error on Friday and put in a solid showing, decisive both on and off the ball. Perhaps could’ve done slightly better with one headed chance, but he handled Astana’s threat well.
Guilherme Siqueira – 5
Wasn’t really tested in defence, but like Juanfran he was almost anonymous in attack other than a few first half runs. Would think he’d be looking to prove a point in the odd games he gets to play, but that wasn’t the case today.
Gabi – 6
Had control of the midfield with Tiago and passed the ball well, but wasn’t able to penetrate or do anything to open up the Astana backline. Still, he wasn’t really helped by the lack of movement in attack.
Tiago – 7 (Man of the match)
One of the better players once again. Even on the artificial pitch where the ball bounces more slowly and is harder to control, he read the play well on a number of occasions and tried to spread the play and the get the team moving.
Koke – 6
Almost caught out goalkeeper Eric with a first half free kick that hit the bar (did he mean it?), but was in and out of the game. Did create one good chance with Griezmann, but we would have liked to have seen more from him.
Saúl Ñíguez – 6
Worked hard and offered himself, looking good on the ball and making good choices, but it is still evident that he is not a wide player. Deserves chances in the centre, the position in which his future certainly lies.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
Now four games goalless, but his effort can’t be faulted. Did more than anybody else today to try and find the breathrough, but didn’t have much luck or support to work with. Would like to see him wide in games like this.
Fernando Torres – 5
Worked hard in the first half and did well in the wide areas, but really has no excuses for not finishing the chance that came his way in the first half. Is the pressure of finding his 100th goal playing on his mind?
Jackson Martínez – 5
Wasn’t his night. Like with Torres and Griezmann, the way the team played didn’t help him at all, but his link-up was poor and nothing he tried came off. Frustrating, but can’t be too harsh given the conditions.
Yannick Carrasco – 7
At the moment, he is by far our most dangerous player in attack. Some say that he was rested, but you have to wonder why he didn’t play from the start. Changed the game when he came on, almost got the winner with the last kick.
Óliver Torres – N/A
Were you disappointed by our approach tonight? Are you worried at all by the last two performances?