Jan Oblak, GK: 7
Faced one save of elevated difficulty from a long Cristiano Ronaldo free kick late in the second half. Pushed it aside with ease.
Juanfran, RB: 8
Well, this was unexpected. Juanfran turned back the clock Saturday, most noticeably when he outpaced Cristiano to intercept a through ball that surely would have sent the Portuguese through one-on-one. Although his energy level tapered off in the second half and he’s not an attacking threat whatsoever anymore, the 32-year-old put in an inspired 90 minutes.
Stefan Savić, CB: 7.5
Solid performance, totally negated Karim Benzema. Made seven clearances, five of which came from within 12 yards. Distribution was a bit nervy, but this was one of Savić’s steadiest games of the season.
Diego Godín, CB: 7.5
Displayed expert leadership and cleared the ball with authority. Positioning supremely good and mostly covered for his now-negative pace.
Lucas Hernández, LB: 8.5 (Mattress Maker of the Match)
Lucas led all colchoneros with 74 touches and made the play of the game with a 90th minute desperation block of a shot from an unmarked Cristiano. While he’s not nearly as gifted on the ball as Filipe Luís and Atlético Madrid really missed the Brazilian, Lucas added more pace (especially in defense) and a lot of grit. He also broke Sergio Ramos’ nose.
Thomas Partey, DM: 6
Weird game for Thomas, who was very busy but had to make way for a more explosive presence in Carrasco. He looked comfortable next to Gabi in the double pivot after Diego Simeone tried him in a more advanced role during training last week.
Gabi, DM: 5.5
The captain was somewhat anonymous in this derby. Obviously, he was out there, but his passing was often sideways and he didn’t tackle with his usual precision.
Ángel Correa, RM: 5
Playing in a free role on the right, Correa scuffed the game’s biggest chance in the third minute after he missed a one-on-one with Kiko Casilla. Despite his best intentions, that was about as involved as the Argentine got.
Saúl Ñíguez, LM: 6.75
NOT A WINGER, but still making the best of it. Quietly excelled defensively, with five tackles and five clearances.
Koke, CAM: 6.5
Unable to truly get going from an attacking standpoint, but to be fair, he just spent a month out and his first game back was against Real Madrid. This is where Koke needs to play — he won’t ever be a traditional 10, but the canterano is best able to use his incisive passing and defensive awareness to impact games from the center of the park.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 4
Griezmann’s issues are particularly frustrating because there’s not just one problem here. He’s now gone 723 minutes without scoring, and the rojiblanco faithful who whistled him off Saturday are clearly fed up with his performances. The Frenchman isn’t as driven as he once was, certainly, but Simeone’s tactics are killing him — Griezmann managed just 16 touches at the tip of a 4-2-3-1, and the only #9 he could play off is 33-year-old Fernando Torres.
Yannick Carrasco, LM: 6
Entered for Thomas in the 54th minute. Had several moments of possible danger, but lacked the polish and end product to really threaten Casilla.
Kévin Gameiro, FW: 5
Entered for Correa in the 75th minute. Outrageous lob attempt was cleared off the line rather easily by Raphaël Varane.
Fernando Torres, FW: 5
Entered for Griezmann in the 75th minute. Nearly supplied Gameiro with the possible winning goal, only to see the Frenchman fluff his lines.
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