It looked for all the world as if Atleti would fall to a third successive draw at home to Sporting Gijón on Sunday evening, but thankfully, Antoine Griezmann had other ideas.
The Frenchman nipped in during the third minute of injury time to secure a 1-0 win, and grab the three points in what had otherwise been another uninspiring performance from Diego Simeone’s men.
See how we rated each of the players below:
Jan Oblak – 7 (Man of the match)
Griezmann’s goal will grab the headlines, but if it wasn’t for Oblak at the other end, the game could well have been over long before then. Made two stunning saves, in particular from Alen Halilovic in the first half, and was assured throughout.
Juanfran – 6
Still unclear as to why he was replaced at half-time, as he was one of our brightest attacking outlets in the first half. Hopefully he doesn’t have an injury as we need him at the moment.
Diego Godín – 7
Showed why he is one of the captain’s and lead the team to the win from defence. Got the flick on that lead to the goal, which was one of countless balls he won during the match. True warrior.
Stefan Savic – 6
Did pretty well in Giménez’s absence and already looks to have a good understanding with Godín, although did committ a few needless fouls in the second half. Despite that, three games, three clean sheets for him so far.
Filipe Luís – 6
Offered a good option on the ball as usual and tried to link up with the attacking player on his side, but his crossing still leaves a lot to be desired and he lost possession frustratingly a few times. Not the worst performance on the whole, however.
Gabi – 6
Did an excellent job of screening the defence and making sure Sporting had little of the midfield, but at times his passing over a longer distance and set piece deliver was poor. Frustrating when chasing a game, but he never stopped going.
Tiago – 7
Another very good game from the Portuguese veteran. Set the tempo in midfield and came up everywhere on the pitch. His one-touch play, vision and anticipation all seem to have really improved, despite his age.
Koke – 5
Worked hard as usual and made a few nice touches, but we are still waiting to see the Koke of the last two years, who provided the dynamism and creativity we lack at the moment. Perhaps a spell out of the team could do him some good?
Yannick Carrasco – 7
Fans were baffled when he was withdrawn whilst chasing the goal, and perhaps with reason, as he was causing problems with his direct running and quick feet. Becoming a leader in attack, although needs more from his teammates.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
In the last few games, we’ve said that we can’t fault his effort and workrate despite the lack of goals, he just isn’t getting any breaks. Late winner should do him and his confidence the world of good, you could see how much it meant to him.
Jackson Martínez – 6
Feel a little for Jackson at the moment. He’s trying hard, but isn’t getting great service and is of course still in a phase of adaptation. At times some have accused him of not having enough hunger or desire, but that can’t be said today.
Jesús Gámez – 6
Credit to Gámez, he’s not Juanfran but when he’s on the pitch, you know you’re going to get 100%. His long throws are always handy to have, and some of his crosses weren’t too bad either.
Ángel Correa – 5
Wasn’t really Correa’s game, with very few spaces to exploit in attack. Travelled to Argentina and back this week for the birth of his daughter so perhaps can be excused, would like to see him and Griezmann together at some point.
Óliver Torres – 6
In games like today where Atleti have the majority of possession, we would like to see Óliver from the start. Provided something different when he came on, and despite not having a huge impact was perhaps the bright spark we needed.
What did you think of the team’s performance as a whole today?