Atlético Madrid won at Mestalla for just the second time this millenium on Sunday, as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Torres and Yannick Carrasco secured a 3-1 win over Valencia.
Gary Neville’s team were well beaten by the red and whites, who restore their four point advantage over Real Madrid and keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Read on to see how we rated the players:
Jan Oblak – 6
Nothing he could do for the goal. Only real save he had to make was from a Siqueira volley, but kept calm through and took a few dangerous crosses out of the air. Sadly didn’t get the clean sheet.
Juanfran – 7
For somebody who covers so much ground on the wing, it’s crazy that he’s never caught out of position. Saying that, needs to watch the line in attack a bit more, but provided an outlet throughout.
Josema Giménez – 7
Had to be the senior figure in defence today without Godín and Savic, and passed the test despite a shaky start. Grew as the match went on, and made a number of crucial interceptions and clearances.
Lucas Hernández – 7
Did show his lack of experience on a couple of occasions, but that was to be expected in his first La Liga start at centre-back. Excellent in the second half, and distributed the ball very well. Didn’t look at all out of place.
Filipe Luís – 7
Like Juanfran, his ability to be just where you want him both in defence and attack is incredible. Put in some good crosses today that weren’t taken advantage of, and dealt with the energetic Feghouli without problems.
Gabi – 7
After a slight drop in form around new year, he’s been very impressive in recent weeks and did a great job today alongside Kranevitter. Shut down Valencia’s threat through the middle, and spread the play in style.
Matías Kranevitter – 8
Excellent full debut in red and white, despite coming off fairly early on. Great in possession, moving the ball very quickly out wide and between the lines. Looks born to play in this team.
Koke – 7
Some of his passing and crossing was a bit wayward, but he made the difference when need, assisting Griezmann and playing the corner for Torres’ goal. Covered every blade as usual.
Saúl Ñíguez – 6
Not as decisive as in recent weeks, but like Koke he covered a lot of ground and made things uncomfortable for Valencia players in possession. However, did lose the ball a couple of times in dangerous areas, something he needs to cut out.
Antoine Griezmann – 8 (Man of the match)
Well and truly has his groove back now. Scored a superb opener and set up Carrasco’s goal, and played with confidence all game. Passed and moved with real style, making a number of clever passes and lay-offs. What a player.
Luciano Vietto – 7
Getting closer to becoming the striker we were expecting, but is still missing the finishing touch in front of goal. Movement and link-up play was mainly very good, and was only denied by a Diego Alves wonder save. Promising.
Fernando Torres – 7
Brilliant cameo on the night of his 300th match in red and white. Scored the crucial second goal, but also held the ball up well and drew the red card for Aderlan Santos with a clever turn. Looking very sharp at the moment.
Yannick Carrasco – 7
Great to have him back. Despite the injury, it took him no time to get back involved, picking up where he left off with a number of threatening runs a killer goal. Showed just how important he is now.
Óliver Torres – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?