Player ratings: Atleti left frustrated by 10-man Sevilla

We analyse the performance in Sunday's disappointing goalless draw

It was an afternoon to forget for Atleti

It was an afternoon to forget for Atleti

Atlético Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by Sevilla on Sunday afternoon, failing to find the breakthrough despite playing the last half an hour with a man extra at the Vicente Calderón.

The rojiblancos did most of the attacking, but couldn’t find the winner and drop to second place behind Barcelona ahead of next week’s crucial trip to the Camp Nou.

Read on to see how we rated the players:

Jan Oblak – 6

Didn’t really have much to do, as Sevilla only hit one shot on target all game. Good with his feet and transmitted his usual sense of security to the defence.

Juanfran – 6

A constant threat going forward on the right wing, but perhaps could’ve done better with his crossing at times. Feel that he made the wrong decision on a few occasions.

Diego Godín – 7

Dealt with Llorente farily comfortably on wat was a fairly quiet afternoon. Tried driving the team forward from defence and set up a good chance in the first half for Griezmann, but it wasn’t to be.

Stefan Savic – 7

Proved once more that he is a more than valid option for this team, especially alongside Godín. Always committed, good on the ball and positionally excellent. Great signing.

Filipe Luís – 6

Had another good game on the left, but couldn’t help inspire us to victory despite his best efforts. Crossing could do with some work as well, but he got forward at all opportunities and was solid in defence.

Gabi – 6

Although he won the midfield battle today, his final ball wasn’t at his best and at times he made a few frustrating decisions. Guilty of shooting at times which killed some of our build-up play.

Augusto – 5

Replaced at half-time after seeing yellow early on for a needless challenge on Vitolo. Not really happening for him in a red and white shirt so far, but it is early days still.

Koke – 6

In and out of the game. Was more involved as we chased the goal, but like Gabi, his final ball really seems to have regressed this season. Would like to see him in the central role more often.

Saúl Ñíguez – 7

Good in the first half, and probably our best midfielder over the course of the match. Wins a lot of balls with his physical presence and makes intelligent passes. Deserves to play ahead of Augusto at the moment.

Antoine Griezmann – 6

Came closest to scoring, first with an acrobatic first half attempt and then with a header in the second half that hit the post. Didn’t really have the space to play his normal game today.

Luciano Vietto – 6

More involved than in recent matches, but like Griezmann he was afforded next to no time on the ball. A few bright sparks, including a good run that saw Vitolo get a second yellow card, but still needs to do a bit more.


Yannick Carrasco – 7 (Man of the match)

The team’s biggest attacking threat, and should really have played from the start. At times his decision making can be erratic, but he is young and has more than enough talent to make up for it.

Jackson Martínez – N/A

Ángel Correa – 6

Lively in his brief cameo, much more so than Jackson who we don’t think touched the ball. Made some good runs and passes, but his late booking means he’ll miss next Saturday’s game in the Camp Nou.

What were your thoughts on the performance?

  • Kris

    A fucking joke man. We have so many good players throughout the field but our defensive game is an absolute joke. But what are the offensive players to do when they have to defend the whole match?

    The best player for me was Vietto who probably only lost the ball once. Great link-up with everyone but his runs aren’t as good as Griezmann yet. Also has to score but with 4 defensive midfielders who won’t give him service, I don’t blame him. He has improved tremendously since he first arrived.

    Saul is great. Hardest working midfielder for me so far this season. So much respect for him.

    Please sell Jackson for however much money we can get. Patience is over for me personally. Terrible movement without the ball and no chemistry with the rest of the team.

    Correa you beauty! That nutmeg was magnificent!! Keep destroying players every chance you get. Might get to the level of Messi.

    On to the next one! Aupa Atleti!

  • Hannu

    Yeah it should be over and out for Jackson. Otherwise we end up still waiting for those goals and improvement at the end of the season and how much we gonna get then?

  • Koke

    Damn. If Barcelona beat us in their stadium and then win their game in hand that’s a six point gap, which would be awfully hard for us to make up, especially looking at our schedule and the fact that they finally have Arda. We really have to do all we can to beat them in the Camp Nou next weekend, but I’m not sure if we can… I’m sure we’ll be able to make life difficult for them with our defense but our attack just seems so impotent at the moment.

    Rough game. Griezmann missed a few chances but one of them hit the post, and based on how many points he’s earned us this season you can’t really point a finger at him. Vietto gets better and better every game (the opposite is true of our other two strikers), however, he’s so small. It’s a tradeoff because it’s hard to imagine him winning headers in the box or outmuscling a center back to get to the ball, but on the other hand his playmaking abilities and teamwork and dribbling are useful. Carrasco is one of our most dangerous players in attack, yes he has plenty to learn but his natural talent creates many chances for us. Which makes me ask… WHY does Simeone keep starting him on the bench and then bringing him on when we’re in trouble? Why not just start him?

    At the beginning of the season Simeone insinuated that he’d play with Koke and one defensive midfielder. Instead, he’s playing with Koke and 3 defensive midfielders. I really think our midfield TRIO should be Koke, Saul, and EITHER Gabi or Augusto. Even that’s plenty defensive enough.

    The crossing from both full backs was poor today. Correa is capable of magic but he needs to mature a little. I expect big things from him. Let’s hopefully regroup and then win our next two games. Won’t be easy at all, but the fate of our place in TWO competitions depends on the next two games.

  • Why was the pitch so damn bad?

  • Jonatahn

    Two things frustrate me:
    1. A home 0-0 draw, we beat Sevilla 3-0 in their home.
    2. Carrasco is just not willing to pass the ball. Such a skillful player, but he just wants to do everything alone.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    yeah my patience has run out as well….
    sell him to some club and bring back borja baston from Eibar

  • aileen

    Correa was really brilliant as well as Saul.Jackson is a drama and we know it but don`t forget about super defensive style our manager prefers .I think hardly anybody will be able to score in this circumstances.
    Griezmann, as it was said for many times can`t take a match on his shoulders, he scores -yes -but not in most important matches.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Since Grizi joined us, against Madrid, Barca, Valencia, Sevilla & Villarreal he scored only one goal .
    This is maybe his only weakness, he does not score against big clubs .

  • Ash

    Felipe only deserved 5. He made so many poor passes last night.

  • aileen

    Interesting why ?Not sober minded enough or not this level of responsibility or motivation ?Maybe lack of `golden touch`-means not finishing but the moment to score.

  • Urban

    I agree with what Ahmad wrote in his post-game comment about our too defensive lineup. Big mistake from Simeone. And I think that Oli could indeed prove useful in games like this, where we need one genious pass to break tight line of defence.

    Now we should win against Barca if we want to make up for this slip up, which is kinda impossible 😉