Player ratings: All square at Balaídos in Copa first leg

We analyse the performance as Atleti take a 0-0 draw back to the Calderón

Carrasco and Jonny tussle for the ball

Carrasco and Jonny tussle for the ball

Atlético Madrid played out a goalless draw with Celta Vigo on Wednesday night, and will have to win next week’s second leg at the Vicente Calderón to qualify for the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Both teams cancelled each other out in an even match with few real goalscoring chances, although Celta will feel that they could’ve snatched the win towards the end.

See how we rated the players below:

Miguel Ángel Moyá – 6

Thankfully his mix-up with Augusto at the end didn’t prove costly, as he had had a good game up until that point. Made some important saves and showed good hands on a number of occasions.

Jesús Gámez – 6

Always does a job when he plays, whether it’s on the right or the left. His long throw is an asset as well, although on an attacking level he just isn’t on the level of Filipe or Juanfran. Still, solid enough in defence.

Diego Godín – 8 (Man of the match)

No matter the opponent, venue or competition, Godín always stands up to be counted. As usual, he won everything today, and even tried driving the team on from defence at times. Our leader, even without the armband.

Stefan Savic – 7

His game time may be limited, but I don’t think he’s had a bad game since signing for Atleti. Made one sloppy first half pass, but other than that he was secure all game, committed in every challenge and positionally very good.

Filipe Luís – 7

Another excellent match, as his second spell at the club goes from strength to strength. Put a great ball in for Jackson early on, and was steady throughout the game both going forward and at the back.

Gabi – 7

Where does he find the energy from? He may be 32, but he has the legs of a 22 year-old. Came up everywhere on the pitch, and saved Augusto’s blushes with a crucial goal-line clearance near the end.

Augusto Fernández – 5

Although he kept things ticking in midfield alongside Gabi, he had a few worrying moments, misplacing one or two passes in our third and almost scoring a comic own goal late on. Balaídos would’ve erupted had that one gone in…

Koke – 6

After a good game in Las Palmas on Sunday, he wasn’t as involved today. Put in a few good set pieces and was involved in phases, but didn’t create much or have his usual influence on the team.

Yannick Carrasco – 6

Started the game in lively fashion with some positive runs and a few good passes, but faded midway through the first half and was ineffective from then onwards. Came off early in the second half.

Antoine Griezmann – 5

Cholo will probably wish that he had rested him tonight, given how little his impact was. Wasn’t really a game for him, and he just never got going. Need him fit and in form for the games ahead.

Jackson Martínez – 5

We don’t want to be too critical on Jackson, as he is going through a low-patch and is working hard, but nothing is working for him at the moment. Did come close with a good left-footed effort in the second half, but otherwise another forgettable game.


Ángel Correa – 6

His clever movement and vision did make a momentary difference off the bench, but perhaps didn’t get as much of the ball as he would’ve liked. Spurned a great chance towards the end, heading Gabi’s cross over the bar from close range.

Luciano Vietto – 6

Like Correa, we did see more of a threat with him on the pitch and he made a few clever touches, almost setting up Koke similarly to his assist for Saúl in the last round. Need to see more of that when he starts.

Thomas Partey – N/A 

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  • Usavicente Calderon

    The Bad: Very disappointing game. I would call this the game of missed opportunities. Jackson should have scored at least twice. Both times at the beginning of each half. At the 4 minute mark: How can you kick the ball over the goal only being 1 foot in from of the goal itself. Truly, unbelievable. When Correa came on the pitch, Atletico seemed to wake up. But Griezmann was exhausted because he was playing way too much defense. I have sympathy of Jackson, but Cholo needs to let this one go and bring in someone who can can connect with the team and score. Shoot, I would rather Carrasco and Greizmann play up front in a 4-4-2 than Jackson. Thanks be to God for Gabi or the home game would be a nightmare because of the own goal by Augusto. The kicking the ball down the field strategy needs to go. We always turn the ball over. We did better bring the ball down. Koke was a little off. He still lacks that touch from 2 years ago. My last negative on this game is the fact that the pitch was horrible. If you have HD, you could see the 1000 divots on that field.

    The Good: Even though the score was 0-0, there was a lot of action. When Atleti brought the ball down, it became very exciting and Celta would suddenly be on their heels. Savic was very impressive. I almost want to say he should be in the starting 11. But Cholo can keep on switching them to keep them hungry and rested. Thomas is developing well and also adds a boost of energy. Vieto and Correa are really starters.
    This is the second game where no one marks Godin when he brings the ball down the field. I think Cholo should come up with a strategy when that happens. Clean Sheet!! Yes, another one. Moya is not Oblak, but he could easily start on several teams in La Liga.

    Crystal Ball: Keep Jackson off the field and I think we will win the next game by 2 goals.
    We will need to start our best 11 to make sure we make the next round.

    Thankful: No penalty at the end of the game for a clear hand ball on Thomas. No Nolito (Manuel Agudo Durán), because he is a game changer.

    Funny: Iago Aspas is a whiner! Even the commentator was talking about how much he was complaining.