Player ratings: Atleti back to winning ways on final day

We look at the performance as Torres and Griezmann secure win over Celta

The team shows their appreciation after another great La Liga campaign

The team shows their appreciation after another great La Liga campaign

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?

  • The Prince 107

    Stefan Savic has been really want mpressive this season played well in all his games I think he should start in the final. Just my opinion,

  • I agree.

  • Koke

    Yeah, Gimenez is obviously a big talent but he’s just not as calm, collected, or experienced, and a huge game like a CL final against our worst nemesis can really get to a player. I think Gimenez’ current profile was summarized in the first half against Bayern, a silly foul to concede a needless penalty, then a fantastic acrobatic clearance minutes later. Savic on the other hand has proven to be incredibly reliable in every single game I’ve watched him play, it’ll be an interesting battle between them for the final and for years to come. I’m a little torn but I agree with you on Savic starting.

    Honestly I think this line up that we saw today will be the starting lineup in the final, for better or for worse. Meaning Savic in, Gimenez out and Augusto in, Carrasco/Correa out.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    The whole season I’ve been saying that I prefer Savic over Gimenez, and before the game against Barca in the Champions League I said I want Savic, but we ended up with Lucas in both legs since both Savic & Gimenez were injured .
    And I don’t mean to be harsh, but I think even Lucas in those two games was better than Gimenez in some of his games this season, including the two games against Barca in La Liga .

    But it’s still a tough decision, Gimenez has a better understanding with Godin and with the rest of the back line, and his aggressiveness could actually be a good thing in that final .
    I started a poll on my twitter account few hours ago about this issue, and until the moment I was writing this comment it was 50-50 .

  • Ringo

    I think Giménez is our second best central defender. There were a few games in which he had some shaky moments, but he’s still very young. He actually is pretty calm, he just seems really aggressive (and he is in his tackling and dueling), but positioningwise, etc I think he is most composed out of our three options next to Godín. Giménez is one of the biggest defensive talents I’ve seen play in years and he can be counted on. Those two moments against Bayern almost cost us our place in the final, but after those moments he was playing extremely well. When I thought his second yellow was imminent and he should have been taken off by Simeone, he actually stood up and didn’t let those moments get to him.

    So, I get the fear of him having such crucial moments in the final, but he might still be our best bet in the back. I think he’s a better passer and also better at positioning than Savic and Lucas might be a little more prone to such moments. The proneness to mistakes in the final is Lucas>Giménez>Savic but defensive skills it’s Giménez>Savic>Lucas I think. In all honesty I trust all three of them and I’ll be content with any decision of Simeone regarding this matter, I just think I’d personally still pick Giménez.

    If this game is seen as an exhibition game, however, I think we might see Savic start the game.

    Plus it’s only Real so why worry 😀

    Aupa Atleti

  • Alfred Rodriguez

    Is this Torres’ best complete game? I think his dribbling confidence is sky high right now but I still feel he loses the ball a bit too much trying to beat the second or third defender. Filipe had another strong game and Savic may have just played his way to start along Godin in the Final. I think it was overlooked on the broadcast I saw but congrats to Oblak for making history and tying an amazing record.

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