Koke’s early goal earned the win for Atlético against Real Betis on Sunday evening, although that didn’t tell the full story as Simeone’s men squandered countless chances to kill the match in the second half.
However, they come away with the three points that they needed, and move above rivals Real Madrid and into second in the La Liga standings, keeping the pressure on Barcelona after their emphatic Clásico win.
Read on to see how we rated the players in the Benito Villamarín:
Jan Oblak – 6
Didn’t have a great deal to do, but made one excellent save in the second half to tip Cejudo’s flying effort over the bar. Dropped late cross under pressure from Molina, but thankfully was saved by the referee’s whistle.
Jesús Gámez – 6
Solid yet unspectacular. Did what he had to do in defence, but clearly can’t provide the same outlet in attack that Juanfran does. Looked visibly tired towards the end.
Diego Godín – 7
Although he missed a golden headed chance in the second half, we’ll forgive him as he had taken two heavy knocks not long before and courageously battled on. True warrior, won everything and put his head in where it hurts (literally!).
Stefan Savic – 7
Quietly doing a very good job in the games he has been called upon. Slots in nicely alongside Godín, and unlike Alderweireld a couple of years ago looks made for this team. 4 games, 4 clean sheets.
Filipe Luís – 7
Possibly his best game since returning to the club today. Physically he looks much improved, but he was great on the ball and has a nice understanding with Carrasco. Flawless defensively too. This was the Filipe of old.
Gabi – 7
Tiago is getting all of the plaudits at the moment, but Gabi’s return to form is worth noting as well as the two of them continue to defy their years. His job of enforcing, protecting and providing are crucial, and helped set the tone for the team in attack.
Tiago – 8 (Man of the match)
Another stunning match in midfield. Right now, the level he is performing at is surely amongst the best in Spain and the whole of Europe. Incredible intelligence and physical prowess, if he were 10 years younger he would be worth €30-40m.
Koke – 7
Not only did he score the winning goal, but he was also heavily involved and did a good job of linking midfield to attack, as well as working hard as always. Hopefully this is the start of his revival, as he is crucial when on top form.
Yannick Carrasco – 7
Perhaps not as decisive as in previous matches, but he was dangerous again and provides the out-ball in attack. A little frustrating at times, but that will improve with time and experience.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
Despite late winner against Sporting two weeks ago, he hasn’t had much luck lately and that was apparent again today. Missed three golden chances and was denied a clear penalty. Once he’s out of this barren spell, teams better watch out.
Fernando Torres – 7
Felt that Torres had one of his best games of the season today, although the 100th goal is still playing on his mind. Had a hand in the goal and had a few good runs in the second half, before being replaced midway through the second half.
Luciano Vietto – 7
Looked very bright in his return from appendix surgery, albeit a little rusty in the final third. His pace, trickery and vision will be crucial once he’s fully adapted, which looks to be only a matter of time on tonight’s evidence.
Óliver Torres – N/A