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.
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?