Jan Oblak, GK: 7
Six clean sheets out of seven for Oblak now. Was up to the task tonight, making a sterling save on Thomas Muller and keeping David Alaba, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben off the scoresheet.
Juanfran, RB: 7
The man is just so solid. Drawn into a couple difficult assignments, but played sublime defense and had his moments in the final third. All added up to another quality 90 minutes from Juanfran.
Stefan Savic, CB: 9
Massive. Showed again why is rocketing up the charts as one of Europe’s best CBs. Savic shut down Robert Lewandowski, mercilessly tracking the Polish sniper and really making only one mistake, when Bayern’s #9 was allowed a free header from six yards that he subsequently missed. Savic was great in the air and committed but a single foul.
Diego Godin, CB: 7
Godin was very good himself on Wednesday. He was allowed a little bit of attacking freedom, coming close to a goal from a set piece for the second time in a week. But the pharaoh helped keep a pretty imposing Bayern front line quiet - Lewandowski struggled, Muller was hooked before the hour and the resurgent Ribery was imprecise.
Filipe Luis, LB: 8
Filipe’s passing wasn’t quite on-song, but his movement and dribbling caught his markers off-guard, resulting in several fouls, bookings and eventually the penalty that Antoine Griezmann missed. He dropped deep into defense when required and did not commit a single foul over 90 minutes. A workmanlike performance with style to boot.
Saul Niguez, RM: 6
No golazo this time, but still a decent game out of Saul. The canterano worked hard and pressed well, usually on Ribery. However, he looked slightly shaky at times, committing too many fouls and playing about 70 minutes on a yellow. He’ll be fine, though, and may just need the upcoming international break.
Koke, CM: 8
Led the team in touches again. Range of passing was superb, and Koke’s vision and comfort in the middle of the pitch continues to grow the more he plays there. His understanding with Fernando Torres in particular is notable, even though the latter wasn’t able to finish his chances.
Gabi, CM: 7
Dogged and determined in a deeper role as Koke played a more advanced position. The captain’s strong performance against Deportivo carried over into Wednesday and he played an intelligent, relatively error-free game.
Yannick Carrasco, LM: 8
He had been begging for it, and Carrasco notched his first goal of the season with a cracking effort from outside the box that rattled in off Manuel Neuer’s left post. The Belgian reveled in the freedom and space he was given (and to a degree created) and played a very spirited 70 minutes, challenging Neuer deep into the second half.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 7
Yes, he missed a penalty and should probably not be taking them anymore. But Griezmann played a very good game, assisting Carrasco’s goal in a moment of impeccable clarity and working really well with Torres. Also, he tracked back with enthusiasm and dropped to the wing later on in the game.
Fernando Torres, FW: 5
This was a very strange game for Torres. His runs were excellent, he found space in or around the box with relative ease and Simeone loved the way he pressed on Xabi Alonso. But he missed very good chances - including a free header from approximately three yards out that bounced off the post. Still, Simeone made the right decision to start him, and he worked hard over his 80 minutes.
Kevin Gameiro, FW: 5
Entered for Carrasco in the 71st minute. Brought on for his speed as Atleti began to lock down the game. Was unable to have much of an impact.
Nicolas Gaitan, LM: N/A
Entered for Torres in the 79th minute. Hard to give a rating to someone who played 10 minutes, but Atletico countered with authority after Gaitan’s entry and won a penalty moments later.
Thomas Partey, RM: N/A
Entered for Griezmann in added time. Brought on to ensure Atleti held on and secured an important three points.