Atlético Madrid put on a defensive masterclass at the Bernabéu on Saturday afternoon, winning 1-0 in the Madrid derby thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s second half goal.
The red and whites out-thought and out-muscled their local rivals, and become the first team in Spanish football history to win away at Real Madrid in three consecutive seasons.
We are also now four points ahead of them in second place, and have the head-to-advantage with twelve games remaining of the league season.
Read on to see how we rated the players:
Jan Oblak – 8
Didn’t make a mistake all game. Took every cross, saved every shot and transmitted complete security to his defence. Won personal duel with Ronaldo by a margin, making three crucial blocks to keep him at bay.
Juanfran – 7
Excellent in attack, even better in defence. Dealt with the various players Madrid put out on there left, making a number of vital interventions whilst also getting forward and providing an outlet at every opportunity.
Diego Godín – 8
Was in the wars, but as usual he was a titan at the back, showing calm and decisiveness at all times to help us see out the win. Further cementing his status as a legend and cult figure at the club.
Josema Giménez – 7
Some have had their doubts with him lately given Savic’s impressive form, but he answered his critics with a near faultless display alongside his compatriot. Like Godín, he never shirks a challenge and has excellent decision making for one so young.
Filipe Luís – 8
Didn’t let first half yellow card limit his performance, showing his quality on the ball, in defence and most notably in attack, as he combined with Griezmann to set up the winning goal. One of his best performances since re-joining last summer.
Gabi – 7
Another who has taken some critics lately, but on the afternoon of his 300th appearance, he showed the discipline and character that has made him such a key part of our recent successes. He and Augusto did a great job of shutting down Kroos and Modric.
Augusto – 8 (Man of the match)
Having missed four weeks with a knee injury, he came back and put in a quite incredible performance on the biggest stage. Was one step ahead of Madrid’s midfield, always in the right place and showing class on and off the ball. His ability to play the right pass and keep hold of possession is very impressive, a Gabi and Tiago hybrid.
Koke – 7
Covered every blade of grass, doing his usual job both in attack and defence with a tireless showing. Passed the ball well, and almost scored an Olympic goal early on when his corner struck the upright. Much improved.
Saúl Ñíguez – 8
Hugely mature performance, and an indicator of just how far he has come since being taken off at half-time at the Bernabéu in last year’s Champions League clash. So intelligent, uses his body well and like Augusto, seems to know what will happen before other players. What a player he is turning in to.
Antoine Griezmann – 8
They said he didn’t perform in big games, but unlike his opposite number he made the difference when needed to win the match. Very good in general play as well, holding the ball well, combining well on the counter attack and sharp with his shooting. Delighted for him to have a moment like this after five games without a goal.
Fernando Torres – 7
Showed just why he is Simeone’s first choice for the big matches, using all of his experience and providing the focal point that we lacked at PSV in midweek. Made a lot of intelligent runs, worked the channels, battled well with Ramos and Varane and held the ball up when he had to.
Matías Kranevitter – 6
Not overly involved, but was up to the task of replacing Augusto and slotted in seamlessly alongside Gabi to help us see out the three points.
Ángel Correa – 6
Very bright in his short time on the pitch, making a few nice touches and runs. However, he did lose one ball that lead to a Real Madrid chance, and was booked for an over the top challenge on Danilo. Still learning, but his talent is as clear as day.
Do you agree with our ratings? What did you make of the performance?