Despite seeing their La Liga hopes surprisingly ended at Levante last week, Atlético Madrid bounced back with a morale-boosting win over Celta Vigo on Saturday evening.
Tiago made his return as a substitute for the red and whites, who were given the perfect send off ahead of the Champions League final with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Torres and Griezmann.
Read on to see how we rated the players:
Jan Oblak – 7
Was called into action on a few occasions, but didn’t put a foot wrong and dealt with everything in his usual calm manner. Clean sheet means he equals Paco Liaño’s record for the least goals conceded in a La Liga season (18 with Deportivo in 93/94).
Juanfran – 7
Showed his attacking intent throughout, linking up well with Saúl and Gabi and causing trouble with his runs and movement. Also did well to stifle Celta’s threat outwide from Nolito and Orellana.
Diego Godín – 7
Very unlucky not to score in the first half when his header hit both the crossbar and post. Otherwise, he was solid as usual after missing the defeat to Levante last week. Back to full fitness at the right time.
Stefan Savic – 7
Auditioned for a place in the starting line-up in Milan today, and may well have passed. Made one minor error of judgement in the second half, but again convinced and handled Celta’s attacking threat, including an important interception late on to deny Nolito a scoring chance.
Filipe Luís – 8
The face that his return has coincided with Atleti reaching the level of 2013/14 again is no coincidence. We can’t think of many other players – nevermind just full-backs – who are as good on the ball as him, and defence with such assurance. Flawless again today.
Gabi – 7
Where does he find the energy from? At 33, Gabi is still covering every blade and leading this Atleti team from midfield. So clever with his defensive work and positioning, and does a great job of spreading play out to the full-backs. What a player.
Augusto Fernández – 7
Against his old club, Augusto put in another good showing and probably covered just as much ground as his midfield partner. As usual he got through a huge amount of defensive work, and like Savic, may have played his way into the team for the final.
Koke – 7
Perhaps less influential today than he has been in recent games, but he still played well. Important both in attack and defence, he helps us out of a lot of holes with his quick feet and one-touch passing. One of the old heads in the team at 24.
Saúl Ñíguez – 7
Another excellent display from the youngster. If they had an award for ‘most improved player’ he would take it by a landslide. Did a similar job to Koke today, and if not for Sergio Álvarez he could have been on the scoresheet on a couple of occasions. Great season.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Much involved in general play today, and got his reward with a goal to take him to 32 for the season, 22 in La Liga. His speed – not just when running but with his touches and decision making – is such a problem for defences, and Celta were his latest victim today. Yellow card the only negative, meaning he’ll sit out the first game of next season.
Fernando Torres – 8 (Man of the match)
Got yet another goal, but was even more impressive in other aspects and caused the Celta backline problems all evening. Held the ball up well, ran at defenders and was always moving and linking up. Spain call-up and new contract surely on the way?
Yannick Carrasco – 7
Came on with a point to prove, and was positive as always with his dribbling and work rate. Did a good job up front on his own, and whether it’s as a starter or substitute, he will have an important role to play in Milan.
Tiago – 6
So good to see him back after five and a half months out with a broken leg. At 35, many thought that could’ve been it, but he has worked tirelessly to come back and reaped the rewards. Played as if he had never been away, keeping things simple and tidying up in defence.
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?