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Atlético Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

A wretched first half and more defensive mistakes doomed Atletico to a lopsided derby defeat

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Jan Oblak, GK: 5

Whiffed badly on Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty, but was not at fault for his other two goals, one of which deflected off Stefan Savic’s rear end. The other was - big surprise - brought about by poor defending.

Juanfran, RB: 5

Was force-fed the ball in the first half and placed a few dangerous passes. Invisible in the second half.

Diego Godín, CB: 5

On a day full of uncharacteristic play from Atlético Madrid, Godín was outmuscled and outdone in the air by Raphael Varane. Still better than Savic.

Stefan Savic, CB: 2

Diego Simeone choosing to remove Gabi with half an hour to go was a poor decision; choosing to keep Savic in the XI against PSV and beyond would be ghastly. This was the Montenegrin’s worst performance in an Atlético shirt. He routinely was out of position and was directly responsible for two of Ronaldo’s three goals: the free kick deflected off him as he mistimed his jump and he made a crazy tackle to set up the penalty. Savic’s form since the start of October has steadily declined; he must sit now and Simeone must give José Giménez or Lucas Hernández a chance.

Filipe Luís, LB: 6

Played a solid game all told, dribbled skillfully and circulated the ball well. Also did a nice job on Lucas Vazquez on the left side.

Saúl Níguez, RM: 4

Here’s another guy who needs to sort things out from the bench. Saúl remarkably got all 90 minutes on Saturday, which did not befit the uninspiring performance he put forth. Only Savic committed more fouls and he was ineffectual as an attacking presence out wide. When Simeone moved him more toward the center in the second half, he looked slightly better, but Saúl hasn’t played well enough to merit continued inclusion in the XI.

Gabi, CM: 6

El capitán wasn't terrific, but his function breaking up counters in the middle of the park kept Atlético in the game throughout the hour he was on the pitch. When Simeone lifted him for Ángel Correa, Atleti’s structure fell apart completely and Madrid ran away with the result.

Koke, CM: 6

Led with Filipe Luís the wave of Atleti pressure early in the second half that threatened Keylor Navas, but did not find a way past him. Was booked after a staredown with Ronaldo which reminded me of this scene from “Captain America: Civil War”:

Yannick Carrasco, LM: 7

Atleti’s best player on the day. Not even close. Carrasco managed the best and most dangerous chances on the Madrid goal and his pace left defenders in his wake throughout. If only we could teach him to be a center back.

Antoine Griezmann, FW: 4

Has to do better in games like this. Aside from a 10-minute stretch in the second half, Griezmann was not heard from, lost trying to find his way around an organized Madrid defense and its two excellent center backs not named Pepe and Sergio Ramos. He was caught offside twice and just never looked comfortable.

Fernando Torres, FW: 4

I remember him swinging in a cross late in the first half that was kinda good.

Ángel Correa, RM: 5

Entered for Gabi in the 62nd minute. Looked pretty good after the game was out of reach. Got booked, somewhat impressively.

Kévin Gameiro, FW: 4

Entered for Torres in the 62nd minute. You made it this far? How sick are you?