Player ratings: Torres hits 100th goal in comeback win

Red and whites come from behind to take three valuable points against Eibar

Torres celebrates his landmark goal

Torres celebrates his landmark goal

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?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Give Oliver a ten for all that unfairness he suffered from Simeone, the press and some of the fans .
    Give Saul a ten for that huge personality .
    And give Torres a ten for that fucking 100th goal .

  • AndersAT

    Great second half. I like the 433 with carrasco,griezman,Vietto/correa in attack. I hope to see more of Oliver in the central midfield but instead of who? Gabi,Koke,Saul is a great midfield…. Maybe start Oliver instead of Gabi in games against weaker opponents?

  • Mohammed Basith

    Was expecting a long comment from you.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    You know I’m one of Oliver’s biggest fans and i was screaming at the tv for Simeone to bring him on. My friend who supports Barcelona was watching the game with me and said that he doesn’t understand why Oliver doesn’t start way more

  • Kaminero

    What a wonderful game! After Keko’s goal I thought “fuck this, there goes the title, I hope I have enough beer left”, but on the final whistle I had to hold back tears as I was so moved by Torres’ goal and the comeback win.

  • Koke

    Wow. That second half might have been the most entertaining half of an Atleti match so far this season. So much flair, spirit, and creativity! For the first time this season, we looked like we could score every time we went forward, especially after Oliver came on.

    1) Oliver’s style reminds me of a cross between Xavi and Iniesta. The way he turns with the ball is so effective! His opponents are always confused as hell, he looks like he’s going one way then turns back to the place he actually wants to go. Tough to dispossess. And how many chances has he created in 30 minutes? Two golden opportunities he made for Fernando, and then a “hockey assist” for Vietto’s disallowed goal. If I don’t see Oliver getting more minutes in the next 3 games, I will be so frustrated.
    2) Carrasco has so much flair. Very entertaining player to watch and such a great buy. Only thing he needs to work on is his end product (goals and assists) but he’s young and has room to grow.
    3) Vietto looked awesome today! His best game yet I think. He actually looked confident with his dribbling and awesome assist – he seems like a pro of assisting in and around the box. Also, I don’t care what the ref says, his goal was a great goal and was ONSIDE.
    4) So happy for Fernando. This was a long time coming. Hope this gets him into scoring form for the rest of the year. He definitely deserves to overtake Aguero, all he needs is 2 more goals.
    5) Saul and Gimenez are real men. So calm, assured, dominant. Saul’s mistake was pretty bad tbh but everyone makes mistakes and when I saw him so upset I thought “I bet he’s gonna score now.” And he did. What heart. He could be a captain one day.
    6) Lucas looks like a centerback who’s playing at left back, and he is. I really hope he gets more opportunities though. I haven’t really seen him play much but I hear he’s talented.
    7) Correa started out really strong but seemed a little lost at times. He deserves more starts and sub appearances than he’s been getting. Him and Vietto will be perfect competition for each other.
    8) Gamez is actually pretty good. He should play more often in easier games because Juanfran is being pushed to his physical limits every season.

    I’m so happy right now. Let’s continue like this. With Oliver, Saul, Vietto, Correa, Carrasco, Griezmann, Koke, Luis, and Juanfran, this team has all the resources possible to play entertaining, incisive attacking football. The only thing stopping us is our tactics, not our players.

  • aileen

    The game was a bit difficult to watch, especially the first half in contrary to the second one when everything changed with..changes ;)But it`s a great evening today because of centenaries for Torres and Cholo and first win after four defeats.Moving moments -reactions of the Calderon,Torres` gift for Manolo Brinas as well as Cholo`s celebration

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Nobody does !!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I was busy celebrating Torres’s goal, watching and reading the reactions on TV, twitter, instagram and sports websites .. I still am !

    I literally celebrated it the exact same way Simeone did .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I’m starting to think that Simeone is intentionally putting bad lineups so that people will call him genius when his subs change the game !!

  • Kris

    THAT is what we want to see from Oliver. To step up, take control of the plays, and really be a playmaker. He was also defending and using his body very well. I like that he was brought on was a right mid, but he enjoyed the free role of a CAM. Now, consistency. This is key to him becoming a regular. Every chance he gets, he must take it like today.
    Very good game from Gimenez.
    Saul has great mental strength. Not once did he look fazed by his error after the initial reaction. This guy is a future Atleti captain.
    I have the same thing to say about Carrasco as Billy, he must improve his end product. We get that he is very energetic and is a great dribbler(two biggest assets for a winger), he’s got to make better decisions in front of goal, and also improve his shot accuracy. That is going to make him one deadly winger.
    Good win today though. I am very happy Torres got his 100.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Who is Billy ?!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Here is another reason why I don’t write long comments more often Mohammed, this guy .
    I think it will be too much for this website if both of us posted long comments all the time, and since he doesn’t want to make his a little shorter I should try sometimes .
    But I read every single word of your long comments, and I always enjoy them .

    I’m glad to see somebody else other than me to point out Carrasco’s lack of “effectiveness”, everybody everywhere keep praising him and calling him our best signing this season, and I still disagree, as I said before, our best signings in my opinion is Vietto who has more goal contributions (3 goals & 4 assists) than Carrasco despite playing 667 less minutes than him, Correa played less than both and he also contributed in 7 goals (scored 5 and assisted 2) .

    I mean aren’t the goals what made Saul a starter over Oliver ?! then the same thing happened to Thomas after his goals and assists, even Carrasco himself only became a regular starter after his 2 goals against Sociedad & Valencia !
    Last week I posted here a photo for the “top dribblers table” from AS, and mentioned how 9 of the top 11 (Carrasco was 10th) have more goals than him, and how players like Cristiano, Suarez & Grizi are not even in the top 10 .

    Again : I appreciate his dribbles, but I would appreciate his goals and assists much more, and if he didn’t improve in that side I would pick Oli, Correa & Vietto over him .

  • Koke

    Haha thank you, I always read every word of your comments too! They’re always so well thought out and insightful. Although I myself can also try to be a little more concise XD