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Atlético Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano: Player Ratings

Atleti rest up and get three points to keep title challenge rolling

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Jan Oblak, GK: 7

Caught nearly everything, as he usually does. Recorded one super save on Javi Guerra (and made it look easy) moments before the goal. The presumptive Zamora winner now has 23 clean sheets to his name in Liga play this term.

Juanfran, RB: 7

Bebé had fits on his side. The Spanish international linked up cleverly with Ángel Correa and was a willing and able crosser. Typical Juanfran.

José Giménez, CB: 7

A better performance from Joséma on Saturday. Combined great discipline with excellent aerial prowess. Will need to take this outing to Munich and build on it.

Lucas Hernández, CB: 7

Played higher up the pitch than we've seen, he adjusted well and offered a quality, virtually error-free performance. Lucas is very likely to be displaced by Diego Godín on Tuesday, albeit through no fault of his own.

Jesús Gámez, LB: 6

Looked comfortable in defense while Juanfran was afforded the majority of the touches. Plus, was able to give Filipe Luís a full day off.

Thomas Partey, RM: 6

Thomas has endeared himself to Diego Simeone through his work rate and his energy. He offered both on Saturday, tracking back with gusto and charging forward to join the attack when possible.

Matías Kranevitter, CM: 5

To be fair, Kranevitter hasn't played a whole lot since joining from River Plate, but in a vacuum his performance on Saturday was...not great. Krane struggled to stand out and offered little in defense, becoming less and less noticeable as the game moved along. Hopefully he gets another chance before the season ends.

Gabi, CM: 5

Got 45 minutes in, didn't do much but get some cardio. Expect the captain to offer a much different performance midweek.

Óliver Torres, LM: 5

The team sheet tells me he started and played 54 minutes. Personally, I'm dubious.

Ángel Correa, FW: 8

Brilliant first half, had his full bag of tricks on display and was unlucky to not score inside the first five minutes. His influence waned as the second half progressed, and Antoine Griezmann will steal the headlines for scoring the winning goal, but the Argentine again showed how important he will be to Atlético's future. On another note: first time this season he played all 90 minutes.

Luciano Vietto, FW: 4

Koke, LM: 8

Entered for Gabi at halftime. The game opened up after Koke came on and he was central to the reversal of Atleti's attacking fortunes. He was superb in defense, too. Griezmann got the goal, but you could argue Koke was the more important sub.

Antoine Griezmann, FW: 8

Entered for Óliver in the 54th minute. Scored the winning goal, his 21st in the league this season, on a wonderful left-footed half-volley. Stayed dangerous and committed himself defensively.

Fernando Torres, FW: 5

Entered for Vietto in the 54th minute. This was the Torres of a few months ago: fluffed his big chance to score, sloppy on the ball, misplaced easy passes. Need a much-improved game from him midweek.