Atlético Madrid kept up the pressure at the top of La Liga on Sunday, moving back up to second with a fairly straight-forward 3-0 win against Granada in the Vicente Calderón.
It was child’s play at times for the home side on El Día del Niño, with the kid himself – Fernando Torres – on target, as well as fellow canterano Koke and Ángel Correa, one of many bright young stars at the club.
Read on to see how we rated the players:
Jan Oblak – 6
Didn’t have a great deal to do, other than a routine save in the closing stages from a Rochina free-kick. Another clean sheet to add to his considerable tally, could break La Liga record for fewest goals conceded if he lets in less than two in remaining games.
Juanfran – 7
With Filipe out through suspension, he was our main threat from out wide and didn’t disappoint. Put in a number of good crosses in the early stage and was always available, whilst also remaining solid in defence.
Diego Godín – 7
It doesn’t matter if it’s the Champions League final or a kick-about in the park, Godín always gives absolutely everything. Made sure of the clean sheet today with another dominant performance, right up until the last minute when he was still making last ditch clearances.
Stefan Savic – 7
Slotted in seamlessly after almost two months out. His level when called upon this season has always been impressive, and with Lucas’ emergence, Simeone has a nice problem with four centre-backs of the highest quality to call upon.
Lucas Hernández – 7
After excelling at centre-back over the last month or so, he moved to the left and was equally impressive today. Had a hand in the first goal with a determined run forward, and didn’t put a foot wrong in defence. Really making a name for himself.
Gabi – 6
Didn’t have to over-exert himself following his heroics on Wednesday, but kept the midfield ticking and made sure that Granada couldn’t get a foothold. Yellow card means he will miss the trip to Athletic in midweek.
Koke – 8 (Man of the match)
Continues to get better with another stand-out performance in midfield today. Scored the first and set up the second for Torres with a lovely through ball, and was involved in most of our attacking play. No surprise the team has played so well since his return to form, and with 13 assists he is now the most prolific goal creator in La Liga.
Saúl Ñíguez – 7
Atleti’s Mr. Versatile showed his quality again today, impressing both on and off the ball and claiming a Raúl García style headed assist to Correa from a long ball forward. Such a complete player, and can still get a lot better.
Yannick Carrasco – 6
Looked dangerous at times, but wasn’t really his day today as he was replaced just before the hour mark. Wasn’t helped by a particularly slippery pitch, but will be fresh now for Athletic on Wednesday where his presence will be key.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
His seven match scoring run in La Liga comes to an end after a quiet performance, but we can just about forgive him such has been his form in recent weeks. Showed the odd touch of class before going off around the hour mark.
Fernando Torres – 7
Really looks like the Torres of old, scoring in his 4th match in a row with another vintage run and lobbed finish. His experience will be huge in the upcoming tie against Bayern, surely just a matter of time now until his contract is renewed.
Augusto Fernández – 6
Came on to sure up the midfield at 1-0 as Granada threatened to counter, and did so despite a late yellow card for a mis-timed challenge. Should come back into the team on Wednesday in place of Gabi.
Ángel Correa – 7
Always makes an impact from the bench, and today was no exception as scored the third goal – his 7th of the season – with a cool finish. Lots of nice turns and touches in his short cameo, a huge prospect in store.
Óliver Torres – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?