Miguel Ángel Moyà, GK: 7
First game back for Moyà after his long injury lay-off and he performed really well. Made a very good save on a 1on1 chance with his leg but other than that, he wasn't really troubled.
Šime Vrsaljko, RB: 8
Hasn't been given a lot of chances this season by Diego Simeone but he was given one this time and he made full use of it. He really threatened down the right hand side and looked exciting every time he entered the opposition half. Finished the first half with a sublime low volley and will bring out the best in Juanfran in the league.
José Giménez, CB: 7
Solid, solid performance by Joséma. Tackled well and immediately cleared away the crosses the opposition put in the box. Looked very calm and determined on the ball but the recklessness is still there, hopefully he continues to mature a little bit more and stays calm when things get a little difficult.
Stefan Savić, CB: 6
Seemed like that performance in the Madrid Derby is still weighing on Savic’s mind a little bit. He looked somewhat clumsy Wednesday, didn't tackle well enough and was very slow. However, he passed well. Still has to shake off any past memories and move on because he's a great player and has much to offer.
Lucas Hernández, LB: 8
Lucas has a big, big future ahead of him. The 20-year-old played very well both defensively and offensively. He looked assured in possession and linked up well with Nico Gaitán on the left hand side. All his hard work payed off when he picked up an assist.
Ángel Correa, RM: 7
Solid offensive performance by Correa, linked up well in the opposition half, played some excellent passes to help others score and ended up scoring a goal as well. Fine performance by the Argentine.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 9
Wow. He was given the captain’s armband and he put in a performance worthy of it. He controlled the tempo of the game like a true defensive midfielder, much like Gabi. Saúl linked up very well with Thomas and Carrasco and certainly responded after getting dropped by scoring a fine, composed penalty and by getting an assist.
Thomas Partey, CM: 8
First start for Thomas this season and he took his opportunity. He essentially covered the entire ground, relentlessly broke up play and set up long balls to the full backs. His speed is a dynamic element and it helped Atlético. Toward the end of the first half, he produced a magnificent long ball to Vrsaljko who finished it well. Also, Thomas and Saúl linked up very well and connected effortlessly, this partnership looked great and seems to be the one for the future.
Nicolas Gaitán, LM: 8
Finally was given another chance and he did not disappoint. He was the man who controlled the attacking aspect of Atleti’s play, made a lot of super defence-cutting passes and deserved a goal for his showing. Ah, better luck next time, Nico!
Caio Henrique, CM/CAM: 6
Cholo handed Caio his debut here and he looked solid and very matured. His passing and vision weren't really there but he was reliable and hit the post with the game goalless. Maybe he gets another chance in the return leg.
Yannick Carrasco, FW: 9
An excellent performance capped off with two goals. Carrasco often drifted into the middle to apply more and more offensive pressure. This was another impressive outing by the Belgian who will be hoping to start again vs. Espanyol.
Roberto Nunez, FW: 8
Another debut for another fine talent, replaced Carrasco around the hour mark and got a goal to his name, his build-up play looked impressive and the goal will give him a huge confidence boost.
Juan Moreno, RM: 6
Yet another debut given to Juan Moreno, who replaced Caio with 20 minutes left. The 19-year-old was determined to make his mark by scoring a goal but unfortunately he did not succeed.
Roberto Olabe, CM: N/A
Debut for the son of Real Sociedad’s sporting director who also goes by the same name. Olabe played a bit defensive and it looked like he belonged. He came on when there were 10 or so minutes remaining so he can not be judged due to not playing much.