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?