Player ratings: Early Torres strike earns all three points

See how we analysed the performance as Atleti win narrowly in the Coliseum

Torres scored the game's only goal

Torres scored the game's only goal

Atlético Madrid moved back up to second place in La Liga on Sunday evening, Fernando Torres’ second minute goal enough for all three points against Getafe in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

Diego Simeone’s men squandered chances to add to their lead, but did enough to see out the win and keep a clean sheet for the eleventh successive game against Los Azulones.

Read on to see how we rated the players:

Jan Oblak – 6

Didn’t have a great deal to do, but will be glad to get a clean sheet after three weeks without one. Lost the flight of one free-kick in the first half, but was solid otherwise.

Juanfran – 7

90% of the time, we find outselves writing the same review for Juanfran in our match ratings. Today was no different, solid in defence and an outlet in attack.

Diego Godín – 7

Great to have him back. His presence and authority was missed against Eibar last week, and in game’s like today where we spend the majority defending a lead, his leadership and general stability is invaluable.

Josema Giménez – 6

One mistake in the first half as he let a cross from the right go across the box, but was solid otherwise. Yellow card means he’ll miss game against Villarreal next week, before returning for the derby.

Filipe Luís – 7

Played well on the left, always confident in possession and a useful part of our build-up play. The ball just seems to stick to his foot. It’s fair to say that he is well and truly back now.

Gabi – 7

Survived an early injury scare to help lead the team to victory. Impressive particularly in the first half, and should’ve had an assist had Torres been able to finish. Kept the ball well and prevented Getafe from creating anything through the middle.

Koke – 7 (Man of the match)

Played in a deeper position today, and showed once again that this is the position that his future lies in with an assured performance. Passed well and kept the ball moving, at least for the first hour or so. Set pieces however weren’t as good as last weeks.

Saúl Ñíguez – 7

Other than a few losses of possession, he was impressive and covered a lot of ground. Started off behind Torres before dropping into a box-to-box midfield role, winning a lot of balls and linking up well. Raúl Gacía-esque.

Yannick Carrasco – 7

Rojiblancos will be praying that he hasn’t done any long-lasting damage to his ankle, such is his importance to the team now. Set up Torres’ winning goal with a perfectly weighted low cross, and was our most dangerous attacking player before going off.

Antoine Griezmann – 6

Played in a wide midfield berth today, perhaps due to his defensive capabilities, although didn’t see a great deal of the ball after a bright start. Would like to see him back up top soon, as we lose our biggest goal threat when he plays deeper.

Fernando Torres – 7

Took his goal confidently but should really have added to his tally soon after, fluffing his lines after Gabi played him in. Stretched the Getafe defence and created space behind him, which is what Cholo would have asked for.


Óliver Torres – 7

Played a crucial part in helping us see out the game, keeping the ball well and using it intelligently in tight spaces. Good vision to set up Correa’s last chance, and could get a run in the team now that Carrasco is out.

Matías Kranevitter – 6

Slotted in just in front of the defence for the final 20 minutes or so, and kept cool as we saw off Getafe’s attempts to find an equaliser. Didn’t have too much of the ball, but looks to be from the Gabi/Tiago/Augusto school of midfielders.

Ángel Correa – 6

His movement and quick feet were useful on the counter, but he made a real hash of a late chance despite having all the time in the world. Instead of going for goal, he tried squaring to Saúl and got it all wrong. Perhaps low on confidence?

What did you make of the performance? Should Torres remain as our starting striker?

  • Koke

    Frustrating game. After last weekend I thought we’d finally see some bold attacking play. Nope! It’s frankly embarrassing that we keep getting dominated for large spells in our defensive third by teams whose main goal every season is to avoid relegation. The way we could barely make it past the halfway line for large portions of the second half, we made Getafe look like Barcelona.

    Simeone is known around the world for being bold and ballsy, for having a team full of real men, he seems to value “huevos” so much. But his tactics and team selection are the opposite! Always playing it safe. Oh, what’s that? It isn’t enough to defend with 11 men against Getafe? You need to take off Torres for Kranevitter and stick him next to Gabi and Saul? Cool.

    Really bummed about Carrasco. Now we’re definitely not gonna see a “front 3” for a while. I hope that this at least means Oliver will get his chance, but he isn’t as effective when he’s shoved out to the left wing. Neither is Koke, neither is Saul. All three belong in the middle of the park.

    Anyone starting to notice Griezmann’s form? For 4 or 5 games now he’s been pretty invisible. Maybe he needs a rest, because he plays almost every minute, especially under Simeone where he’s expected to burst forward when attacking but also play defensive fullback/midfielder when defending. Anyway, I’m glad Torres scored. I’m glad we didn’t concede a goal. I’m glad we have 3 points. I’m just annoyed watching a team that is undoubtedly good enough to look like the top 5 team in the world they are, but sometimes look like they are defending for their lives against mighty Getafe.

  • Urban

    correa was right with his decision to pass the ball, it was the right call. what failed was his horrible execution.

  • AaX

    Same Here. The tactical strategy was an embarrasment to say the least! Way different from our 2nd half against Eibar which we scored 3. Not productive for the team to play for the points when instead they can truely play to their game.

  • AndersAT

    We got the 3 points. That is all that matters in my book. A game like this will take shape after an early goal. We have the capability to hold the zero, so we play for the counter attack, in my opinion it is a good decision. Bad news about Carrasco though.

    News has it, that Atletico is preparing a deal for Juan Mata. A year ago i would think it very interesting indeed, but now it seems like a weird move. No doubt he is good, but it seems we have enough players for that position (we don’t even have room for Oliver it seems), but then again we can’t seem to find the rhythm. But as some of you have pointed out, if Cholo doesn’t want to play with that many creative players why do we keep buying them? What do you think? For what positions should we buy next summer? Personally i think we should use the players we have and bring back Borja. Perhaps get Diego Costa especially if Griezmann leaves. Maybe a good young left back…