Jan Oblak, GK: 6
Got beat at his near post on Luis Suárez’ equalizer. Very good otherwise, kept Lionel Messi at an arm’s length.
Juanfran, RB: 5.5
Looked inspired and energetic in the first half and did a solid job on Jordi Alba throughout. However, looked ill at ease with the ball at his feet as the game moved along — he once dribbled aimlessly and nearly lost possession in his own box.
Stefan Savić, CB: 8
Huge night from 21 Savić — particularly in the first half, when he made several important interventions. He held his position well throughout and his lack of pace didn’t hurt him too much, although his distribution was spotty (56 percent pass completion) and he should have been punished for a second-half handball in the box. But the competition among Diego Simeone’s center backs may have heated up again.
Diego Godín, CB: 6.5
Oddly enough, it was Godín who looked the slower of the two center halves on Saturday. He made several clearances and his passing out of defense was neat (he even did a FIFA-esque pirouette late on), but he looked a half-speed out of sync. Was a tad lucky not to give away a penalty after bringing down Messi late in the first half.
Filipe Luís, LB: 6.5
Filipe was good defensively, but Barcelona’s goal came from his side and he touched the ball only 49 times. Not good enough for an attack that relies pretty heavily on his dribbling and passing.
Koke, RM: 5
Unimpressive. Uncharacteristically sloppy on the ball, dispossessed several times and missed easy passes. The 25-year-old’s bright start to the season is looking farther and farther away.
Gabi, CM: 6.5
The captain was in fine form in the first half, dutifully running and breaking up play, but he seemed to lose a step as Barça edged closer to the tying goal. It was the right decision to substitute him.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 9 (Mattress Maker of the Match)
Saúl was an absolute tornado on Saturday. He scored a patented Saúlazo with a sweet long-range strike midway through the first half and dropped deep into a disruptive role later in the match; he ended up tying for the team lead with five tackles on the night. The 22-year-old is outrageously talented and versatile and you can argue he is Atlético Madrid’s most important player.
Yannick Carrasco, LM: 6
Found himself handcuffed by Nélson Semedo for the better part of an hour, although he did play a nice pass to Saúl before he put Atlético ahead. Always looked like a threat, but wasn’t one in the end.
Ángel Correa, FW: 5
Very lively, but unable to make an impact in part because Simeone hauled him off too soon.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 6
Superb first half, forced ter Stegen into two difficult saves and nutmegged Gerard Piqué into oblivion. Faded away in the second half as the team burrowed too deep in response to Barça’s probing. We need to see first half Griezmann much more moving forward; the attack needs his influence.
Nicolás Gaitán, LM: —
Entered for Correa in the 57th minute. Gaitán played long enough to earn a rating, but I cannot give him one. He lost track of Sergi Roberto in the build up to the equalizer thus allowing him to cross to Suárez, and he is so disconnected from his teammates in attack that at one point a Griezmann pass aimed for him rolled off his back and away. A confusing, unnecessary and harmful substitute.
Thomas Partey, CM: 5
Entered for Carrasco in the 74th minute. Ostensibly brought on to batten down the hatches, Thomas’ passing was uneven and he committed two clumsy fouls.
Fernando Torres, FW: N/A
Entered for Gabi in the 83rd minute. Torres got a seven-minute cameo for his 300th Liga Santander appearance and won two of his side’s three aerial duels.
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