Player ratings: Super sub Correa makes the difference

We analyse the performance as Atleti grind out another big win against Málaga

Correa gets the plaudits as Atleti win again

Correa gets the plaudits as Atleti win again

Atlético Madrid helped themselves to another hugely important three points on Saturday evening, as a second half goal from substitute Ángel Correa secured a 1-0 win over Málaga.

It was a tough game in the Calderón against a strong defence, but Simeone – watching from the stands after being sent off at half-time – will be happy as his team dug deep to earn a deserved three points.

Read on to see how we rated the players:

Jan Oblak – 7

Was called into action early on, making a big save to deny Duje Cop from long range. Did spill one later on from Santa Cruz, but was assured and attentive throughout.

Juanfran – 7

Málaga did a good job of stopping him and Filipe getting forward, but even so both had excellent games which is a testament to their quality. Created a few chances through sheer endeavour and defended well all match.

Jose María Giménez – 7

Returns from injury at a crucial time, and needed no time at all to re-adjust and get back into the action. It was a physical game, but he was up to the challenge and lead us to another clean sheet and win in Godín’s absence.

Lucas Hernández – 7

Got the nod to start over Savic following his impressive recent form, and impressed once again with the composed performance of a seasoned veteran. Did a great job of stopping Málaga’s threat on the counter and made some vital clearances.

Filipe Luís – 8 (Man of the match)

Has been very, very good for a few months now without getting recognition, but today we’re giving him man of the match. Makes everything look so easy. Great dribbler and strong on the ball, no surprise that we’re challenging for the top titles again now that he’s back.

Gabi – 7

Today was the type of game he relishes, up against a similar player in former Atleti canterano Ignacio Camacho. Helped set the tempo as the lynch-pin in midfield, and was there to mop up when the visitors attempted to counter.

Koke – 8

Continued his good form with a typical tireless showing, particularly in the second half. Started in a deeper role but came up in all areas of the pitch, winning tackles in key areas and created some of our best chances with his clever passing range.

Saúl Ñíguez – 7

Brings so much to the team, even if not always obvious. So strong for his age, and always makes the right pass. Won a lot in the air today, and did a great job both in attack and defence.

Yannick Carrasco – 6

Taken off for goalscorer Correa just before the hour mark, perhaps as a precaution after a first half knock. Was positive on and off the ball and tried driving the team forward, and almost scored a screamer before half-time. Will hopefully be okay for Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann – 6

Another quiet performance, although not for the lack of trying. Somehow missed a golden chance early on when it looked easier to score, but worked hard and made some good runs. Taken off midway through the second half.

Fernando Torres – 7

His five game scoring run may have come to an end, but this was another game in which Torres shone with an all-action display in attack. Body language is so much better than earlier in the season, and he caused a number of problems with his strength and running of the channels.

Subs

Ángel Correa – 8

Scored the crucial goal off the bench, his second in two games as a sub and fifth of the season (has eight in total). Didn’t stop running the whole time he was on, and came close to scoring a great individual goal late on. Great option to have in the squad.

Augusto Fernández – 6

Came on to sure up the midfield as we looked to see out the win, and did what was asked of him in a slightly more forward role than usual. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him against Bayern.

Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?


  • jodo

    Thought Torres was a 6. Active but not at all sharp. And I wonder if Correa could be a surprise starter against Bayern? Torres at 32 can’t play 90 minutes every 3 or 4 days anymore.

  • Chewie

    Barca 6 – 0 Sporting. La Liga is a fucking joke. All those stats are a fucking joke. 4 goals from Suarez in two games in a row. Three penalties in one game. What next? Three red cards and 15-0 against Levante or whoever?

  • Umairr99

    Torres at 32 IS playing for almost 90 minutes every 3 or 4 days and scoring some really crucial goals for the team, UNLIKE what you are suggesting. Even today his body language looked good and he caused some troubles to the opposition. I mean just before this game he was in his best goal-scoring run scoring 5 imp goals for the team in last 5 matches so he definitely deserves a start against Bayern. And i would love to see Correa in the starting lineup against Bayern but in place of Carrasco.

  • Dircil

    For a game against a team like Bayern, I would see Simeone using Koke and Saul on the flanks and Gabi & Augusto for the center. Koke and Saul are better than other midfielders that we have except Gabi, Augusto and Kranevitter at collecting the ball and putting pressure on the opponents. If I have to choose between Correa or Carassco for a position in replacement of Saul, I would pick Carassco over Correa since he seems to be faster and good at counter attack than Correa. Besides, Correa’s tricks are not gonna work on players at Bayern’s level.

  • Koke

    Yeah, I didn’t get to see most of the Sporting game but I was absolutely disgusted at how Deportivo basically bent over and spread their legs in their own stadium a few days ago. 8-0? Really? And it’s not even like Barcelona were in blistering form, oh no, people jumped to that conclusion. Nope, Depor were just begging them to score goals, even at 4, 5, 6, down still leaving wide open gaps.

    The one positive? Sporting and Deportivo actually could have taken points off Barca if they got lucky. In the first half of each game, they created plenty of clear cut chances and made Barca sweat. Things could just as easily have gone wrong for Barca, and next thing you know instead of hat tricks and hugging you’d see frustration, cursing at each other, and negative attitudes. I really really think that despite their last two results Barcelona is still in very poor form, and I am sure that it is POSSIBLE for at least one of their remaining opponents to nick some points off them. All we have to do is believe…

    On the other hand, even if Barca wins all of their remaining games, if we win all of our remaining games and finish level on points I will be really proud of our team. Mistakes were made in the past but now all they can do is win and if they accomplish that it’s a job well done.

  • AndersAT

    I agree, no mater how the league ends we have shown ourselves to be on par with both Real Madrid and Barcelona despite the ridiculous difference in budget. I am pretty sure Barca will not loose anymore points but then again a derby against Espanyol who would probably run until they drop to pry the league title from Barca.

    I am a bit worried about the lack of rest before the CL match, I hope Simeone knows what he is doing. It is imperative to get a good result at the Calderon, to pile the pressure on Bayern for the return match. My favorite thing is to see the opponent getting more and more frustrated because off our strong defense when we are leading.

  • Kris

    Tomorrow, Club Atlético de Madrid turns the glorious age of 113. It would be great if you guys could write a celebratory article on here.