Atlético Madrid were unable to find the breakthrough against a stubborn Villarreal side at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday evening, the two teams cancelling each other out in a low-key 0-0 draw.
It was an interesting tactical battle between the division’s two best defensive sides, with chances few and far between. The draw was about the right result on the balance of play.
See how we rated the players below:
Jan Oblak – 6
Didn’t have a save to make all game, although did make one important intervention in the second half to claim a low cross on the break. He transmits security, which is crucial in any goalkeeper.
Juanfran – 7
Got forward well and was always an outlet, particularly in the first half where he put in a couple of dangerous crosses. Also made a vital block to deny Denis Suárez on the break later on in the match.
Diego Godín – 7
Won countless balls and did well to stop Villarreal’s threat on the counter. Typical solid defensive performance, couldn’t really have asked for much more.
Stefan Savic – 7 (Man of the match)
Probably Atleti’s most impressive performer on the night. Great on the ball, distributes well and always seems to make the right decision. Made a great challenge on Adrián to prevent a potential winner in injury time.
Filipe Luís – 7
Also played well for the most part, and despite not putting in too many crosses he was important in our approach play, lacking luck at times. Denied Bakambu on the break with a superbly timed tackle in the second half.
Gabi – 5
Not his best performance. Didn’t have much influence on the game and was unable to inject the urgency we needed to push on and win the match. Looks a little tired, understandable given Tiago and Augusto’s injuries.
Saúl Ñíguez – 5
Has been very impressive in recent weeks, but this wasn’t one of his better performances despite his best efforts. Passing a little wayward at times, and shooting (in the first half) not much better.
Koke – 6
Started well and had the right ideas a lot of the time, but again his delivery left a lot to be desired. Little came off for him, with his usual quick one-two’s not enough to fool Villarreal. Just wasn’t his night.
Ángel Correa – 7
Our brightest spark in attack. Always looking to provide something different, but just needs to be a bit more decisive and fearless in the final third. Faded a little in the second half, but was excellent in the first.
Antoine Griezmann – 5
Like Koke, he started the game very well but just seemed to fade, before surprisingly being taken off early in the second half. Had our best chance with a first half header that went wide, although is now without a league goal in five weeks.
Fernando Torres – 6
Wasn’t particularly involved, but worked hard and was up to the battle against Villarreal’s physical defence. Didn’t have much space to operate in, but was positive and linked up well with those around him.
Óliver Torres – 6
Came on and tried to get the team playing from midfield, but like the rest, was unable to find the combination to break down the visitor’s strong defence. Lack of movement perhaps didn’t help him.
Luciano Vietto – 5
Didn’t see too much of the ball, with him and Torres well stifled and given hardly anything to work with. Did have a half chance late on, but coudn’t find the angle to beat Areola at his near post.
Matías Kranevitter – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? How worried are you by our lack of firepower in attack?