Jan Oblak, GK: 6
Yet another clean sheet for the Slovene, who was rarely called upon and currently is on track to let in just 18 goals this season.
Thomas Partey, RB: 7
Was expecting this to be José Giménez, but Thomas produced a much steadier performance on Saturday than in his 90 minutes Wednesday. He made the simple, smart pass just about every time and was only mildly troubled by opposite number Toño.
Stefan Savić, CB: 7
Savić probably benefitted the most from Levante’s off-night, as he saw little threat from pacy Enis Bardhi and poacher Enes Ünal.
Diego Godín, CB: 7
A bit unsteady going into the tackle (three fouls), but otherwise steady as she goes.
Filipe Luís, LB: 8.5
Completed 67 of 71 passes, had no issues finding a home in the final third. Mistake-free defensively as well.
Antoine Griezmann, RM: 9.5 (Mattress Maker of the Match)
Griezmann’s best game of the season and it’s not remotely close. Hit two beautiful sliding finishes to cap off a sizzling showcase. Simeone’s decision to effectively deploy Griezmann as a trequartista opened up space for the more direct attackers — Correa and Gameiro — to run in while he threaded key pass after key pass. His drive and effort appeared much-improved, too.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 7
Saúl didn’t take a touch closer than about 25 yards from goal Saturday, but Atlético Madrid didn’t need him. Instead, he dropped deep enough to be another center back and got some well-earned rest in the final ~15 minutes.
Gabi, CM: 7
Positioning excellent as ever, passing on target and kept things ticking. Seemed to tire a tad as the match moved along; wouldn’t be surprising to see him get the next two games off against Elche and Real Sociedad.
Koke, LM: 8
Koke started on the left-hand side but drifted all over midfield. His passing cut open Levante’s defense and kick-started the moves that led to both of Gameiro’s goals. Atlético have won two of three with a +7 goal difference since the canterano’s return from injury.
Ángel Correa, FW: 7.5
He may not have scored or assisted on the night, but Correa’s pace, dribbling and general activity level combined with the speed of “Double G” made him a huge nuisance. He proved about as unwelcome to Levante’s defense as an upstairs neighbor stomping on his floor at 4 a.m.
Kévin Gameiro, FW: 9.5
Could have scored four. Gameiro’s speed and unrelenting runs at defenders afforded him several opportunities and led to two easy goals: a tap in to an empty net and a slick stab when one-on-one with Oier. The Frenchman bagged his first brace since April 29 and at best provides stern competition for Correa. At worst, he’s at least boosting his value for a winter transfer.
Yannick Carrasco, LM: 5
Replaced Correa in the 66th minute. A couple inspiring runs, but nothing really noteworthy otherwise.
Fernando Torres, FW: 5.5
Replaced Gameiro in the 69th minute. Had two gilt-edged chances and failed to find the back of the net: one hit side netting, the other was saved well by Oier.
Augusto Fernández, CM: 6.5
Replaced Saúl in the 73rd minute. Full of hustle, bustle and accurate passing. Still being handled with kid gloves, but should really grow in importance over the next few weeks.
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