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?