Player ratings: Wasteful Atleti get the win in Andalusia

See our thoughts on the performance as rojiblancos move up to second

Godín was heroic in defence against Betis

Godín was heroic in defence against Betis

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

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Oblak 8
    Godin 8
    Gamez 5 : should be his last season with us, bring Manquillo back .
    Grizi 5 : can’t miss all those very easy chances and earn more than 5 .
    Vietto 4 : he seemed very rusty to me .

    How many times was Tiago man of the match this season ?!
    This is maybe his best season with us, at the age of 34 .. unbelievable !
    Fuck the age, give the man a new contract, with whatever salary he asks .

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Gabi was a monster during the La Liga-winning season too but hugely dissapointing the season after. That’s the risk you take with aging players and same could unfortunately happen to Tiago. Yes, the board should give him a one-year contract extension, but only if the Portuguese is considered as a bench- or rotation-option.

  • Kris

    Yes. No way should he or Gabi be starting every match like they arethis season, and finishing the match. Quite ridiculous how younger players are benched in search for more defense and experience.

    I’m quite happy with Gabi’s suspension. At least, that will leave room for another underplayed player to play this season.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    As I said too many times : Gabi was my player of the season when we won La Liga, then his level dropped the season after that, but just like almost every other player who won La Liga with us, can never call his last season a disappointment, and I cant understand the people who do ?! .. Miranda was much worse, in my opinion, overall the last season he was a disaster, but very few people talk about that, maybe because Gabi has set the bar very high for himself ?!

    And in 2014-15 Gabi was 31, I don’t think this could be called “aging”, I believe these days aging start after 33 or even 34, many players keep their levels at 35, 36 and 37 .
    Gabi’s drop of form that season wasn’t because if age, but of tow other reasons : 1- the whole team was underperforming . 2- the season before was very demanding .

    But I agree that Tiago and Gabi should have enough rest, not just them. but all players, young or old, especially with our physically demanding style of play .
    I was very sure that Juanfran will get a muscular injury because he was over used in the last 3 seasons, and I’m happy that he got it in an early stage of the season .. I’m afraid that Godin will get one as well if Simeone didn’t rest him, the man played ever single minutes with Atltei & Uruguay, and he was kicked in every part of his body .

  • AaX

    It wasn’t Antoine’s night yesterday as well as Torres’s. But to their credit the team looked more positive and sharply aggressive. Love the fact of Antoine and Carrasco on the wings.
    Predicting mostly the same line up this Wednesday although agreed that some players like Grizzy, Tiago and probably Godin should be rested though.

    AUPA Atleti !

  • Urban

    Grizi deserved 5 tops. Not his night at all, but maybe he is still influenced by what happened in Paris, so he is excused

    Anyways the game was a step forward. We played much better than against depor, even though Betis is clearly inferior side to the galicians. In particular, im happy to see our pressing improving. Filipe had a good game and Savic seems solid. Now we need to imporve our finishing and set-pieces and were gonna be golden.

    Shame barca won so high, otherwise would be a perfect jornada for us.