Player ratings: Ruthless Griezmann punishes Amarillos

Frenchman on form again in Gran Canaria, but was he our top performer?

Griezmann takes his tally for the season to 18

Griezmann takes his tally for the season to 18

Two second half goals from Antoine Griezmann secured another vital away win for Atlético Madrid on Saturday evening, as they ran out 3-0 winners against Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

Filipe Luís opened the scoring in the first half for Diego Simeone’s men, who remain top of La Liga and look to be hitting form just at the right time.

Read on to see how we rated the players:

Jan Oblak – 8

Flawless goalkeeping performance (yet again) from the Slovenian. Had to make a number of important stops in the first half at 0-0, and relieved pressure by taking a lot of crosses as we saw out the game.

Juanfran – 7

Great vision to set up Filipe in the first half with a nicely weighted cross-field pass. Had to be alert to deal with the tricky wide players in the Las Palmas team, but did so more or less without problems.

Diego Godín – 7

Rock solid as per usual. Can’t remember a mistake all game, which was made tough given the home team’s energetic approach. Doesn’t take a FIFA award to know that he is the best centre-back in the world.

Josema Giménez – 7

Made one early mistake early on as he lost a challenge to El Zhar to gift Las Palmas a chance, but was committed throughout and won countless headers and balls at the back. Booked in the second half.

Filipe Luís – 8

Getting better and better every week. Such an important player, and goal aside this was probably his best performance since coming back. Looks especially comfortable with Carrasco in front of him, the two linking up on a few occasions. Great finish too.

Gabi – 7

Excellent performance. It was a battle in the midfield, but made sure that it was Atleti who won it with a typically tenacious, disciplined showing. The heart and soul of the team, and back at his best level now.

Augusto – 6

Sacrificed again fairly early in the second half as he eases his way in, but we felt that he had a good game. Like Gabi, he’s clever in possession and is never afraid to get stuck in. Will be important as the season goes on.

Saúl Ñíguez – 6

Again he played wide today, although wasn’t quite as involved as he was at Celta last week. Still, he did a good job in defence and was always an outlet, despite not seeing too much of the ball. Another who is growing and growing.

Koke – 8

Finally, we saw the Koke of old tonight. Tireless running and the link between defence and attack. His crossing was much improved today, and he set up both of Griezmann’s goals with well timed passes. Great showing.

Antoine Griezmann – 8 (Man of the match)

What more can we say about Antoine Griezmann? Covered every blade, and had the Las Palmas defenders in knots with his constant pressing and runs in behind. Last season he exploded after Christmas, and hopefully he’ll do the same again this year. Took both goals really well.

Luciano Vietto – 5

Very quiet, after a good game at Balaídos last week. Did play in Griezmann with a well-timed pass in the second half, but was hardly involved other than that. Useful player to have, but not really a lone striker.


Yannick Carrasco – 6

Great player to have in the squad, either as a starter or substitute. His pace and trickery on the break really makes a difference when seeing out leads, and on another day he could’ve had a couple of goals of his own.

Thomas Partey – 6

Another very mature showing off the bench. Great in possession and always makes the right pass. Sometimes a little naive in defence, but that should all come in time. Huge prospect.

What did you make of the performance? 

  • Koke

    Well, we’ve done the impossible twice in one week: scoring more than 2 goals in 90 minutes.

    However, I think the scoreline is very flattering. We have Sevilla and Barcelona coming up and if we play like this we will probably lose, especially the latter game. Why is it so hard to create goals from possession? Obviously it’s important to be able to score on the break too but we don’t seem too good at the build up play.

    I still can’t for the life of me understand why Simeone likes to play so many defensive and center midfielders at the same time. Having Carrasco on the field, or at least someone that can dribble and create, like Correa or Oliver, is way more important than having one extra body in front of the center backs. I think our play is much more fluid and dangerous with a 4-3-3.

    Koke seemed to be attempting through balls a lot more often this match, which I liked, it’s like how he played with Costa in 13/14. Griezmann, what can I say. We have to keep him at all costs. Filipe was awesome today. Partey is really starting to grow on me as a player and a person, keeping him in the squad instead of loaning him out this summer was an awesome decision. Here’s to hoping that some of the others, like Oliver, Correa, and Kranevitter, can force their way into the starting 11 as soon as possible.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Tbh in the first half Augusto impressed me with his quick decision making and tackling, was a bit reckless at times but I think he played well

    We have a rough stretch of games coming up I think we need to score more goals from build up play rather than counter attack(not complaining though cuz goals win matches) but I think we need to score those type of goals if we want to defeat Barcelona and Sevilla

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Many people keep praising Thomas game after game, while other people said that I’m romanticizing Oliver, but honestly, I really can’t see what Thomas did more than Oliver, yes, he saved our ass against Rayo and Levante, but he didn’t offer anything special in the other 2 games against Rayo in the cup (he was responsible for Rayo’s goal) and last night against Las Palmas .
    He also has his ups and downs, just like Carrasco, Correa, Vietto & Oliver .

    I’m not saying that Thomas is bad, or that he isn’t very promising, and I’m also not saying that Oliver is very impressive and with stable performance, what I’m saying is that I really don’t think that any of them is too much better than the other .

  • Andras Toth

    You are probably right, about Thomas and Oliver, and we must not forget that Thomas got a very good entrée with that two games, and Oliver was maybe a bit unlucky, that it was not him who came and save our asses. I really hope we don’t have to choose between them, it would not be easy. Thomas I would say, his phyisical abilities make him probably more suitable to Cholo’s plans, but even that cannot stand firm, just look at Griezmann and Jackson.. Let’s hope both of them stays and have a future at Atleti

  • AaX

    Me too, can’t seem to understand his preoccupation with defensive and centre mids right now. I’d think now that it’s more to do in wearing the opponents out before unleashing the skillful speed demons later.
    Priority seems more to not lose than to get marginal wins and to outlast our main rivals till the end of this season. He is El-Cholo afterall, driving us nuts Good or not so good. Hope it’s more towards the Good.

    Forza ATLETI !!