Player ratings: Rojiblancos on song in soaking Balaídos

We take a look at Atleti's crucial 2-0 win against Celta Vigo on Sunday

Carrasco celebrates his goal with Griezmann

Carrasco celebrates his goal with Griezmann

Atlético Madrid stay top of La Liga for another weekend, winning 2-0 against Celta Vigo on Sunday night thanks to second half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco.

The red and whites impressed, in particular given the difficult conditions at Balaídos after a week of heavy rainfall. The win puts a close on a solid first half of the season, and crowns us winter champions of La Liga.

Read on to see how we rated the players’ performances:

Jan Oblak – 8

Gets better and better. Great shot stopper, infallible in the air and churns out clean sheets like his life depends on it. Really had to be at his best tonight in difficult conditions, but dealt with everything calmly and assertively.

Juanfran – 7

The engine on the right as always. With a narrow midfield, the onus was on him and Filipe to provide the width and they both came through, with solid performances in defence and attack.

Diego Godín – 8

Brilliant tonight, once more. Can’t remember him losing an aerial ball all match, and he made sure the defence stood strong and dealt with the heavy rainfall. True leader.

Josema Giménez – 7

Despite a few dodgy challenges, he put in another solid showing on his return to La Liga action and silenced those who have asked for Savic above him. Made numerous crucial blocks and clearances.

Filipe Luís – 7

See Juanfran. Another who is improving more and more as the season goes on. We saw last season just what an important player Filipe is when he left, and he’s showing that again now he’s back.

Gabi – 7

Covered every blade in midfield, with a typically tenacious performance. Shut down Celta’s threat through the middle, and provided the balance in Atleti’s transitions both in defence and attack.

Augusto Fernández – 6

Felt he had a good league debut for Atleti on his old stomping ground, despite being taken off fairly early into the second half. Like Tiago, he wins a lot of balls and is calm on the ball, rarely wasting a pass or making a wrong decision.

Saúl Ñíguez – 7

Continues to impress, both in a more forward role and in front of the defence. Showed his attacking potency in the first half with his late arrivals and powerful runs, before slotting in alongside Gabi to help see out the game.

Koke – 7

Some have criticised him this season, but we saw the old Koke for much of the game today, linking up well with the front men and helping out in defence. Passing was excellent tonight, and he was involved throughout.

Antoine Griezmann – 8 (Man of the match)

Despite his goals, he can at times not always impose himself in general play but that wasn’t the case tonight. He was everywhere, showing class on the ball and creating many of our best chances, including the first goal after great link-up with Vietto.

Luciano Vietto – 7

Like in Vallecas on Wednesday, he caused havoc with his clever movement and vision. Did brilliantly for the opener and was a thorn in the Celta defence all night. Hopefully more of the same to come.


Yannick Carrasco – 7

This was the Carrasco that we saw back in October, a talisman in attack and constant outlet. Superb goal, which came from one of many strong runs that helped us see out the game. Lets hope this spurs another run of form.

Jackson Martínez – 6

Guilty of one awful touch straight after coming on, but did what was asked of him when coming on. Made a good tackle to stop a Celta attack and also won a free-kick with some clever play. Not much time to make a real impact.

Jesús Gámez – N/A

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

  • Dominic

    What about what Simeone said about having Koke in the Central Midfielder role? We have better Attacking Midfielders than him, and in the CM role he’d be much more effective.
    Simeone talked about it? Is it going to happen anytime soon? Yesterday he did it a little bit, when he put Augusto out and let Carrasco in, and Koke moved to CM with Gabi. We were leading 1-0, so Celta’s back was really exposured, and Carrasco is much faster than Koke, and that’s how the second goal came.

  • TommyNestor7

    I think Augusto was far worst player on the pitch, and I talk about Atletico players.
    Clearely Simeone have some issues over Olivers ability but for me he is far better choice..
    And now he is leaving for sure.. I would leave to if i was in his position.. You sad that he was like Tiago last night, common man!!! Please dont do that.. For me Tiago is like a religion.. he have soul and along with Gabi he is a Heartbit of our team