Once again, Atlético Madrid left it late against Levante. Once again, they made hard work of it and struggled in front of goal, but once again, they got the three points.
Substitute Thomas Partey came off the bench to make the difference yet again, and his excellent winning goal was enough for a 1-0 win that takes us above Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Read on to see how we rated the players’ performances:
Jan Oblak – 6
Didn’t have to make any real stand-out saves, but was solid and did everything that he had to. Another clean sheet, business as usual.
Juanfran – 7
Did well both in defence and attack, despite being caught a few times in the first half and leaving space in behind. Crossing was better than Filipe’s, have to admire all the running he does on the right.
Diego Godín – 7
As usual, lead the defence and made sure there was little room for the Levante forwards to operate in. Didn’t make a mistake all game, and came close with a header in the second half.
Stefan Savic – 7
Continues to impress every time he plays. Very assured, good positionally and dominant in the air, despite not being the biggest. Has a lot of similarities to Godín, great to have a really dependable third choice.
Filipe Luís – 7
Despite not having too much luck with his crosses, he played a big part in the win and was a constant outlet on the left. Plays like a midfielder at times such is his skill on the ball, looking much more like the old Filipe now.
Gabi – 7
Marshalled the midfield in expert fashion, winning the battle against his opposite numbers for Levante and spreading the play well. Can be afforded a bit more rest time now with Augusto and Kranevitter coming in, and Thomas’ excellent form.
Saúl – 7
Gets better with each game, and has now started the last 9 games in a row following Tiago’s injury. Would like to see him keep his place, as he has done nothing to warrant being dropped.
Koke – 6
A little unlucky to be subbed off early, as he was the main link man between midfield and attack and was also desperately unlucky not to open the scoring with an excellent volley. Still, perhaps not quite as involved as he would’ve liked.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
Was more involved in the game than he has been in recent weeks playing out wide, although not everything he was doing came off. One particular moment stands out when he mis-placed a pass to Jackson rather than go for goal, but we can afford him and off night.
Ángel Correa – 6
Started well, but his influence dwained as he began losing the ball and making mistakes. Perhaps a little nervous, and rusty as wel having not played much recently. Wanted a penalty for a challenge from José Mari, but it wasn’t given.
Jackson Martínez – 6
Not a bad outing in his first start in almost two months, but still lacking the goal. Had two good chances but was unlucky. Link-up play was good in the second half, hopefully his confidence will return soon.
Luciano Vietto – 6
Caused trouble with his running and clever movement, and almost found the net with a delightful backheel late on. Needs to watch the offside line though, his timing is Cerci-esque at times.
Yannick Carrasco – 6
As usual, his skill and power on the ball made a difference, but at times he is a little over-enthusiastic and ends up making the wrong decisions. Personally feel that Atleti missed him from the start today.
Thomas Partey – 7 (Man of the match)
The match-winner, and made the difference for the second game in a row. His goal was all his own making, and he also looked assured and confident with his other touches. Thanks to him we are top of the league, which for us deserves the man of the match award.
Do you agree with our ratings? Just how impressed have you been with Thomas lately?