Cantera stars Fernando Torres and Koke stole the show for Atlético on Saturday night, as the red and whites came from behind to beat Espanyol 3-1 in the Cornellà-El Prat stadium.
Antoine Griezmann was also on target, helping secure a morale boosting three points ahead of our gigantic Champions League quarter-final clash against Barcelona next week.
Read on to see how we rated the players tonight:
Jan Oblak – 6
Not much he could do for the goal. Handling was good elsewhere, and he made one important save from Gerard Moreno late on. Without a clean sheet in four, which for his standards is almost unheard of.
Juanfran – 6
Perhaps at fault for Espanyol’s goal as he allowed Diop to get the header away, but was steady for the rest of the game both in defence and going forward on the counter attack.
Diego Godín – 7
Crucial as always when defending leads late on. Won a lot of balls in and around the area, and restrict the hosts to very little in terms of chances from open play. Looks fully fit again as well.
Lucas Hernández – 7
Continues to impress alongside the stewardship of Godín. Dealt well with the pacy Moreno, and was strong in the air and with his decision making. A star in the making, and will surely rise to the occasion again if needed on Wednesday.
Filipe Luís – 6
Picked up a silly booking in the second half which will see him miss next week’s game against Granada, but was otherwise as solid as usual. Not as involved going forward as he often is, but provided the outlet still.
Gabi – 7
Did a great job of shutting down Espanyol’s tenacious duo of Diop and Sánchez, who tried and failed to play us at our own game. Always uses the ball well, the lynch pin of the team from midfield.
Augusto – 7
Although not as decisive in possession of the ball, his tendency to be in the right place at the right time and make important tackles and interceptions is no fluke. Quietly very effective, especially away from home it seems.
Koke – 9 (Man of the match)
Possibly his best performance of the season. Set up Torres and Griezmann’s goals with perfect passes – one long and one short – before scoring the third himself after a move he started. Looks confident again, and is finally back on top form.
Yannick Carrasco – 6
In and out of the game, fading in the second half after a bright start. Always a thorn in defences with his quick feet and dribbling ability, although can still be erratic at times. Should get the nod to start on Wednesday with Torres out.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Although not overly involved, he showed his killer instinct to find the net at a crucial time in the second half and put Atleti in front. Great run and finish for the goal, dedicated to his baby daughter who was born yesterday.
Fernando Torres – 8
Getting better by the game, and is really looking like the Torres of old with yet another vintage finish. Also hit the crossbar after a great turn, and crossed for Koke to score the third goal. New contract, and perhaps a Spain recall on the horizon?
Ángel Correa – 6
Caused havoc on the counter, but has to work on his final ball and finishing. Could’ve killed off Espanyol earlier had he made better decisions. Also needs to watch his discipline, another booking today means he has more yellow cards than league starts.
Thomas Partey – 7
Showed more signs of just what a talent he is, both physically and technically in his half an hour on the pitch though. Can really become a special player, but like Correa his decision making at times let him down today.
Saúl Ñíguez – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match, Koke or Torres?