Player ratings: Correa and Griezmann sink Rayo late on

We take a one-by-one look at the team as they end 2015 on a high

Correa breaks the deadlock late on

Correa breaks the deadlock late on

They left it late, but Atlético Madrid took all three points at Vallecas on Wednesday night to end the year with a hugely important win. 

Ángel Correa and Antoine Griezmann struck in the dying moments to break Rayo hearts, with the substitutes making the key difference in what was a rather under-par performance.

Read on to see how we rated the players:

Jan Oblak – 7

Safe hands. Saved everything that came at him and took a number of difficult crosses. Have to admire how he always looks to take the ball rather than just parry it away. One of the world’s best, for sure.

Juanfran – 6

Not overly troubled in defence, but Rayo did well to limit his influence in attack. Without Filipe, he had to provide the width and couldn’t do so, which had a telling impact for most of the match.

Diego Godín – 7 (Man of the match)

Unlucky not to find the net on a couple of occasions in the second half, but was solid and dealt with the in-form Javi Guerra fairly straight-forwardly.

Josema Giménez – 6

Solid alongside Godín, but did give away a few needless free-kicks and was guilty of being a little naive at times with some of his challenges. Still, gave very little away in terms of space for the Rayo attackers.

Jesús Gámez – 6

Whilst we appreciate his endeavour and attitude, playing Gámez at left-back completely nullifies any sort of threat on that flank going forward. Handled Lass well, but offered nothing whatsoever past the halfway line.

Koke – 6

Played ‘the Gabi role’ to good effect, although his passing was off for much of the night and he was guilty of being a little wasteful at times. Set pieces improved in the second half, and on another night he could’ve had two assists for Godín.

Saúl – 7

Had a good game against his old club, providing the physical presence in midfield and doing a good job of stopping Trashorras find his range. Have to wonder if he’ll remain in this role with Augusto and Kranevitter coming in.

Óliver – 5

Besides one excellent ball for Torres in the first half, you may have forgotten he was playing tonight. His situation is getting a little worrying, our style of play doesn’t help but we would like to see a lot more impact from him.

Yannick Carrasco – 7

Our most dangerous attacking threat whilst on the pitch. Perhaps should have done better with his two chances in the first half, but both fell on his weaker foot. Did well in possession but final ball not always consistent.

Antoine Griezmann – 7

Battled hard and played a few nice passes that created chances, despite being in and out of the game. Took his goal brilliantly, showing the class he has in front of goal with a delightful lobbed finish.

Fernando Torres – 6

Started well, but began to frustrate as time went on and Rayo grew in confidence. Have to wonder how long the wait for number 100 will go on, should’ve scored tonight but was well stopped by Yoel.

Subs

Ángel Correa – 7

Made the breakthrough with a lovely finish, and was perhaps the decisive impact with his clever movement and quick feet. Needed a player like him to open up an intense, energetic Rayo side, similar to the ones Correa is used to playing against in Argentina.

Thomas Partey – 7

It seems that every time he plays, he makes something happen. Fantastic assist for the goal, with a great pass after an impressive run. Would love to see him get more chances, but looks difficult with the transfer window coming up.

Jackson Martínez – 6

Despite a few signs of rustiness, which after nearly two months out was to be expected, he looked hungry and layed the second goal on a plate for Griezmann with an excellent through ball. Promising cameo.

Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?


  • AaX

    Sometimes it takes game like this to rebound back.
    They have to fight themselves out from this current bad patch crawling or blazing !! and Fighting they must and they will.

    Aupa ATLETI !

  • Koke

    I didn’t get to watch the game sadly but it sounds like Oliver had a not-so-impressive game. That saddens me because he’s one of my favorite players, but I think we can’t forget that Simeone seems to refuse to play him consistently. Mark my words, this kid will be one of the greatest players in the world in a number of years – he has the potential to reach the level of Xavi and Iniesta. Honestly, I have no doubt that some of our players – for example, Oliver, Koke, Griezmann – if they were to move to different kinds of clubs, they would already look much much better. Simeone’s style almost makes really talented attackers/midfielders ineffective.

    WHY are we buying Augusto from Celta? Players that can play in the two pivot positions will include: Koke, Saul, Gabi, Tiago, Augusto, Kranevitter, Thomas. That’s 7 players for TWO positions! 6 if you ignore Tiago. I personally think that’s preposterous. I wonder if it means that Saul, Oliver, Kranevitter, or Thomas will get loaned out. Saul and Thomas are playing too well to get loaned out, Oliver is basically the only creative CAM we have, so losing him would be risky but he deserves playing time. Maybe loan him out and sign an older replacement on loan until the summer? Kranevitter might go out on loan too but I think Simeone likes him.

    I am fed up with our struggles to create chances, and adding more defensive midfielders will just make it worse. I bet if you gave our same squad to someone like Klopp, Pochettino, Unai Emery, Pep, etc, we would be scoring multiple goals every game. Not saying I don’t respect and love Simeone, I’m just saying that we no longer have any right to be playing like a midtable team with no resources. I hope that either Oliver gets more time or we sign a CAM on loan and ship Oliver out.

  • Andras Toth

    Sadly Oliver was invisible in the game, but Koke was bad as well, countless of bad decision making, ineffective solutions, wrong passes etc. It was just not his day, Saul was OK, and Thomas was good after about 10 minutes playing, he has the idea to move forward as well which is good..I was against bringing in an experienced midfielder, but I think there is a decision has to made on this year’s goals. If we really want to have a shot on any of the trophies then we cannot do that with 20-22 years old in midfield, even with all the talent they have, they are too inconsistent yet. Kranevitter have not played in Europe before, and Tiago is basically out for this year. So if we want anything this year we needed experience in midfield. If we are building the team of future, which would not be a bad idea either, then the youngsters would be enough, no need for anyone. But I think with getting a bigger and bigger of a club every year, the board cannot let that happen anymore, I mean not going for any trophies. But it will be VERY HARD to choose the guys who should play, Saul, Thomas, Oli all deserve minutes, Kranevitter as well to learn the league. But as I said watching all the games this year, I have to tell you the games we played good is when our experienced midfield played well, as our style of play based upon a relentless, strong midfield trying to get some balls back and launching attack from there. Anyway it is up to Cholo to deal with building the team of the future and have a pretty good year as well, it will not be easy, but I think it was a good idea to bring Augusto on board, even if it means the youngsters play a bit less. Let’s hope we will stand on our feet for a very long time on all 3 competitions where we will need everybody, and let’s have that “problem” that Tiago is back fully fit playing better than ever and Augusto and Gabi playing good as well…

  • Andras Toth

    Well, sadly Oliver was invisible in the game, but Koke was bad as well, countless of bad decision making, ineffective solutions, wrong passes etc. It was just not his day, Saul was OK, and Thomas was good after about 10 minutes playing, he has the idea to move forward as well which is good..I was against bringing in an experienced midfielder, but I think there is a decision has to made on this year’s goals. If we really want to have a shot on any of the trophies then we cannot do that with 20-22 years old in midfield, even with all the talent they have, they are too inconsistent yet. Kranevitter have not played in Europe before, and Tiago is basically out for this year. So if we want anything this year we needed experience in midfield. If we are building the team of future, which would not be a bad idea either, then the youngsters would be enough, no need for anyone. But I think with getting a bigger and bigger of a club every year, the board cannot let that happen anymore, I mean not going for any trophies. But it will be VERY HARD to choose the guys who should play, Saul, Thomas, Oli all deserve minutes, Kranevitter as well to learn the league. But as I said watching all the games this year, I have to tell you the games we played good is when our experienced midfield played well, as our style of play based upon a relentless, strong midfield trying to get some balls back and launching attack from there. Anyway it is up to Cholo to deal with building the team of the future and have a pretty good year as well, it will not be easy, but I think it was a good idea to bring Augusto on board, even if it means the youngsters play a bit less. Let’s hope we will stand on our feet for a very long time on all 3 competitions where we will need everybody, and let’s have that “problem” that Tiago is back fully fit playing better than ever and Augusto and Gabi playing good as well…