Fernando Torres scored his long-awaited 100th goal in red and white against Eibar on Saturday, capping a memorable afternoon as Atleti came from behind to win 3-1.
The visitors went ahead just after half-time through former canterano Keko, but goals from Giménez and Saúl turned the game on it’s ahead before El Niño struck in stoppage time to end our 4 game winless run.
See how we rated the players’ performances here:
Jan Oblak – 6
Nothing he could do for the goal. Did look surprisingly uncertain when attempting to come out for a late free-kick from Eibar, but otherwise he was as solid as usual.
Jesús Gámez – 7
Whenever needed, he steps in and puts in a performance regardless of the game or position he’s asked to play. He may not be Juanfran but he’s still a good option. Nearly assisted Griezmann in the first half with a nice ball forward.
Josema Giménez – 7
With Godín, Filipe, Juanfran and Savic all out, the 21 year-old had to lead the defence today and he did so in style. Dealt well with the physical Enrich, and scored the equaliser with a booming header. Great performance.
Saúl Ñíguez – 7
Other than the mistake for the goal and one dodgy clearance in the second half, he had another good game. Made up for his error with the goal, and showed his versatility with a commanding performance in defence.
Lucas Hernández – 7
Given how little he has played this season and the fact this was his full La Liga debut, we were very impressed with his maturity and how well he coped. Not a natural attacker, but was good on the ball and didn’t look rusty at all.
Gabi – 6
Today more than ever, he had to be the talisman given he was the only player over 24 in midfield. Not a great first half, but stepped up in the second, marshalling the midfield to help us come back and see out the win.
Koke – 7
Like Gabi, he didn’t have a good first half, but was excellent after the break – particularly after Óliver came on. Claims the assists for Giménez and Saúl’s goals, great to see him finding his range again from set pieces.
Thomas Partey – 6
Perhaps would’ve been more useful today off the bench, although he didn’t play badly. Uses the ball well and is always positive in possession. Early yellow card perhaps limited his influence a little.
Yannick Carrasco – 7
Like in Barcelona last weekend, he was involved throughout and caused problem after problem for the Eibar defence. Great player for a high-intensity team like ourselves, although he does need to improve his end product.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
Didn’t see as much of the ball as he maybe would have liked, and was in and out of the game as he was tasked with leading the line. Only had one chance, but volleyed over in the first half after Gámez’s pass.
Ángel Correa – 6
Started very brightly, but faded a little and was sacrificed early on. Not sure he is as effective without a natural striker alongside him, lack of support in attack didn’t help him. Still, showed signs of his huge talent.
Óliver Torres – 9 (Man of the match)
Not only his best performance of the season, but one of the best from any Atleti player this season, despite only playing half an hour. He took control of the game when he came on, setting up chances, keeping the ball and moving the play at his pace. Has magic in his boots, hopefully we see more of the same in the coming matches.
Luciano Vietto – 7
Unlucky to have a goal disallowed, as often strikers are given the benefit of the doubt in the position he was in. Still, his hold-up play was much better than it has been, and he got the assist for Torres’ goal with a great run and cross.
Fernando Torres – 7
Will be hugely relieved to get his 100th goal, and his performance aside from that was very positive as well. Looked hungry and motivated, and will take huge confidence from finally getting the monkey off of his back. Could see how much the goal meant to him and everyone involved at the club.
What did you make of the performance? Can Torres push on now and become our starting striker?