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Atlético Madrid 2-1 Real Sociedad: Player Ratings

Atleti followed up their demolition of Levante with a gutsy win at home.

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Jan Oblak (6.5): Despite this being his worst performance in some time, Oblak has saved Atlético Madrid so many times that this will be quickly forgotten. Some poor decision-making in the first half gave Real Sociedad a penalty, which Oblak could not keep out.

Thomas Partey (7): Once again Thomas looks like one of the most versatile players in Atlético’s team, being deployed at right back yet again by Diego Simeone. He made eight tackles in what is not his preferred position.

José Maria Giménez (7.5): It’s been a long time coming for Joséma to get more than a one-off opportunity, and he did not disappoint. He completed over 80 percent of his passes and looked very good in the air. He also presents a threat in the opposition’s box, as he demonstrated against Elche. What the 22-year-old needs most is game time and with this performance he may find himself starting more often.

Diego Godín (7.5): The master. Even in regular league games, Godín is one of his side’s most dominant defensive players. He is consistently a threat to score and make essential tackles. He was 3 for 3 in tackles this game and completed 90 percent of his passes.

Filipe Luis (9, Mattress Maker of the Match): Another great performance for Filipe Luís. Not only was the 32-year-old as reliable as ever at left back, he scored a vital equalizer with some excellent forward play. The Brazilian has shown no signs of slowing down and remains crucial to Simeone’s side.

Koke (7): Koke never really got hold of this match, but put in a solid performance anyway. He found himself the odd man out of position, mostly being deployed on the left side of midfield. It’s not a role that has ever suited Koke, but he will have more games in the middle where he can better influence the attack and dictate play.

Saúl Ñíguez (8.5, The People’s MMOTM): Quite the opposite of Koke, Saúl took control of Atlético’s attack in a way we’ve been hoping to see all season. He provided both assists, but the second one was top-class: a looping header across goal that Antoine Griezmann stuck home for the winner.

Gabi (7.5): A good performance from the captain, though it is clear that his age is showing in his game these days. He was dispossessed more times than he probably would have liked, but was effective in his tackling. The 34-year-old remains capable of delivering reliable performances — just maybe not every game.

Ángel Correa (6): One of Correa’s worse games this season, where he saw three huge chances go begging. The good news is that this year these outings have been more infrequent from the Argentine.

Kevin Gameiro (6.5): Gameiro registered zero shots against a weak Real Sociedad defense and attempted just 17 passes. The Frenchman simply has to be more influential.

Antoine Griezmann (8): Where Gameiro failed to take shots, Griezmann did not. He took five shots, got three on target and bundled home the winner on 88 minutes. He might just be hitting form.

Subs

Fernando Torres: El Niño was the most involved of the three substitutes. He got a shot off, but did not have a huge opportunity to impress.

Yannick Carrasco: Came on and provided a stronger wing presence than any of the starters could produce. It seems like Carrasco won’t be happy with sitting on the bench much longer, and based on today, he may have a point. He’s the most natural wide player Atleti have at the moment, and can be a top player on his day.

Augusto Fernandez: Simeone threw him on immediately after Griezmann’s goal to batten down the hatches.