Los Rojiblancos were left to think “what if?” against PSV, after first half chances from Koke, Luciano Vietto, and Antoine Griezmann were left as only that, chances.
None capitalized, and in the second, when PSV went down to 10 men, things were no different. The hosts sat back after Gaston Pereiro was sent off, and held out for a draw at the Philip Stadion on Wednesday.
See how we rated the players below:
Jan Oblak – 6
Due to excellent defending from Diego Godin, Stefan Savic, and the whole midfield in general, the man between the pipes only had to save one shot. The Slovenian didn’t have much of an impact with little shots to work with, but the save was crucial nonetheless.
Filipe Luis – 5
The Brazilian was often an outlet on his flank, especially when the Dutch side sat back with 10 men. However, the full-back lacked the flare and creation that makes him a threat through his passing services. Despite some decent looks, he was kept at bay.
Diego Godin – 7
The veteran centre-back was his usual self at the back, commanding his line, and even scored a goal in the 62nd minute only to see it waved off. He knew Pereiro already had a yellow card to his name, and embellished his fellow compatriots punch to get an advantage. For that, we’ll give him some applause.
Diego Godín: Only 3 players have won possession in the defensive third more times in the CL this season than Godín (26)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 24, 2016
Stefan Savic – 6
Although the defender picked up a yellow in the first half, which was wrongfully given, he bounced back. The 25 year-old anticipated potential threats and never looked nervous.
Juanfran – 7 (Man of the Match)
Be it through constant crosses, always tracking back, great give-and-go’s, and always being an outlet, the Spaniard was the most consistent threat throughout. The only thing stopping him from receiving an eight, is perhaps the lack of teammate targets doing their part.
Koke – 6
In the 18th minute, Koke had the opportunity to chip it past Zoet, he did, but it was an easy jump for the PSV keeper to make. Other than the usual endurance and great defending, the midfielder struggled to make his mark on the front-foot. We expect a lot from Koke here at AtléticoFans, and his poor set-piece kicks didn’t help his team either.
Oliver Torres – 5
The semi-frequent midfielder worked hard and defended well by his standards, but failed to consistently show his flare and creation with the ball.
Gabi – 4
The Rojiblanco veteran’s extremely poor set-piece services really hurt his side. In midfield he was average on the day, but given his distribution malfunctions, he gets a low rating here.
Saul Niguez – 6
Two shots on Zoet saw the Spaniard as a decent threat. He showed great work rate and always closed down time and space when PSV had the ball.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Maybe the Frenchmen deserves a six for not finishing in the 29th minute, but everything else he did was impactful. He defended, worked hard ,and had great movements throughout.
Luciano Vietto – 5
Average night for the Argentinian forward, not much to say really other than a decent chance in the box in the 15th minute.
Angel Correa – 6
Correa replaced Saul and instantly made an impact with his pace and got two shots on net. His dribbling and touch are very indicative of an Argentine Barrio player – he’s good with little space.
Fernando Torres – 5
The Spanish international was given two decent opportunities and never really owned them. Nothing special coming off the bench for Vietto. May have more experience than Correa, but his younger teammate was hungrier.