Player ratings: Griezmann seals place in the last 16

Frenchman struck twice, but was it enough to earn him man of the match?

Atleti were comfortable winners over Galatasaray

Atleti were comfortable winners over Galatasaray

Antoine Griezmann’s double was enough to secure Atlético’s qualification for the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, as Galatasaray were comfortable beaten 2-0 in the Calderón.

Cholo’s men sit joint top of Group C with a game remaining, but will need to win at the Estádio da Luz in two week’s time in order to finish above fellow leaders Benfica.

Read on to see how we rated the players this evening:

Jan Oblak – 6

The keeper was a spectator for majority of the match, but he was there the few times Galatasaray broke through the defense.

Jesús Gámez – 8

Incredible match from Gámez, he continuously ran up and down the right flank. His dribbles and passes were very precise even though his crossing left a bit to be desired.

Diego Godín – 7

Godín had a solid match as usual. He didn’t have to defend much and he even let loose a couple of cheeky dribbles.

José María Giménez – 7

Like Godín, Giménez didn’t have much to do this match. His man marking was good and he nearly scored once or twice from a corner.

Filipe Luís – 7

Filipe is back. He connected brilliantly with Carrasco, Koke, Tiago and Griezmann on the left flank and continuously kept creating dangerous chances. His defending was spot on and the team appreciated that.

Gabi – 9 (Man of the match)

Gabi was everywhere this match. He would continuously rob the ball from Galatasaray and his connection with Griezmann proved to be killer. His two assists helped Griezmann have an easy night in front of goal.

Tiago – 8

Somehow Tiago managed to find the fountain of youth. Quite frankly, it’s a bit ridiculous how good the Portuguese midfielder is playing. His vision was top notch as usual and his constant pressure and robbing of the ball is a sight to see.

Koke – 7

Koke was absolutely everywhere this match and his connection with his teammates was a sight to see. He fluffed a chance to score the third, but by no means did he have a bad match.

Yannick Carrasco – 7

Yannick was very active, but not very decisive in this match. However, his combinations with Filipe are a sight to see. Hopefully the muscle injury is just a knock.

Antoine Griezmann – 8

After a somewhat poor match against Betis, the Frenchman put on his scoring boots and once again scored twice against Galatasaray. He was very active all throughout the pitch and received some well-deserved rest after scoring the second.

Fernando Torres – 7

Although he didn’t score, Torres had a wonderful match. His vision and dribbling were superb and if it hadn’t been for Muslera, he would’ve ended the match with a goal and a few assists. His 100 goal will come soon.


Luciano Vietto – 7

He came on for Griezmann in the second half and nearly scored in his first play of the game. Later on he missed a few chances, but he looks hungry and the goals will come soon enough.

Óliver Torres – 7

As usual, his passing was a sight to see and he gave some incredible passes to his teammates. He had a brilliant chance to score the third of the match, but ended up shooting the ball straight to Muslera. A solid match from Oli and hopefully the good performances continue.

Saúl Ñíguez – 6

Out of all the substitutes, Saúl definitely had the worst performance. He seemed a bit slow and it took a while for him to react to plays. However, by no means did the youngster have a bad match.

Do you agree with our ratings? How impressed were you with the team tonight?

  • Ringo

    so many sights to see, apparently

    It was Galatasaray, but still I enjoyed this game. You can see improvement in the team’s play, combinations are turning up in pace, positional play is improving overall. This is promising, even if it was Galatasaray (no disrespect, but lately Gala doesn’t seem very fearful… sadly enough).