Jan Oblak, GK: 6
Oblak just went a whole week without making any saves. He faced zero shots on target against Leicester City on Wednesday and zero against Osasuna on Saturday.
Juanfran, RB: 6
Involved and dangerous in the first half, more reserved in the second half. Juanfran’s energy and pace were both important, but his crossing accuracy was pretty low.
Lucas Hernández, CB: 7
We say it a lot: Lucas just doesn’t mess up on the pitch. He’s so calm, composed and always in position. The 21-year-old had very little to do and played some left back when Filipe Luís departed.
Diego Godín, CB: 7
Saturday’s captain also had little to do as Osasuna tried to hoof long balls toward Sergio León with no success. Godín tried to get involved on set pieces and nearly scored a header in the first half.
Filipe Luís, LB: 9
On fire. Filipe played a simple yet sublime pass for Yannick Carrasco’s goal and fired home a cheeky right-footed shot himself for his third goal in four league games. Diego Simeone was even able to afford him some rest ahead of Tuesday’s trip to England. He has a strong, strong case as the best left-back on the continent and showed it again on Saturday afternoon.
Nico Gaitán, RM: 7.5
Very good from Gaitán, who made just his eighth start of the season and his first substantive league appearance in two months. Linked up very well with Juanfran and displayed a wide range of passing - as he often has when he’s played. Laid on his first assist of the season for Carrasco to head home just after halftime. It’s too late in the season for the Argentine to make a case for starting, but he’s shown he will do quite well against LaLiga’s bottom rung.
Thomas Partey, CM: 7.5
Thomas is never going to be a midfield metronome, but he played Koke’s role pretty well on Saturday. He led all players with 92 touches and completed better than 90 percent of his passes. Along with José Giménez, he routinely took on and outmuscled his opposite numbers in the Osasuna midfield. You could say he had a bit of a Partey - at least until his late penalty was saved.
(I am legally required to work in one Thomas pun per match he plays.)
José Giménez, CM: 8.5
Beast. Giménez really could be an excellent defensive midfielder if he wasn’t behind Gabi and Saúl Ñíguez, and he proved why with this strong performance. His athleticism, speed and physicality allow him to make up lost ground quickly and recover the ball in a variety of ways - whether through the air, through a crunching tackle or a simple interception. He did it all and even launched forward on a charging run that nearly set up an Ángel Correa goal in the first half. Look for him on Tuesday.
Yannick Carrasco, LM: 9
Great to see the Belgian get in among the scorers after a two-month drought, just reward for a string of recent good performances. Carrasco opened the scoring when he drilled a low shot past Salvatore Sirigu and completed his brace with a header less than 90 seconds after the second half started. He had a chance at a hat trick late on, but his penalty was well-saved by Sirigu. Carrasco overtook the injured Kévin Gameiro as Atlético’s second-highest scorer in all competitions with 14 goals and he is the highest-scoring midfielder in Spain.
Ángel Correa, FW: 7
Correa was dangerous throughout and completed 90 minutes in a league contest for the first time since October. He made good decisions on the ball and perhaps deserved a goal after coming close a couple times. He set up Filipe’s goal by drawing everyone to the middle and simply picking out the Brazilian to his left.
Fernando Torres, FW: 5
Forced a really good save from Sirigu when Atleti were 2-0 up and put in 70+ minutes of work. Better than in his game against Real Madrid and the first leg vs. Leicester. Don’t be surprised if he starts Tuesday.
Stefan Savić, CB: 6
Entered for Filipe in the 67th minute. Allowed Lucas to move to left back. Only notable was action was shoving down Sergio León in the box and getting away with it.
Tiago, CM: 6
Entered for Torres in the 71st minute. Tiago returned to the team after a four-month absence, and the Portuguese came on to a very warm ovation from the Calderón faithful.
Alessio Cerci, RM: 10 (Mattress Maker of the Match)
Entered for Gaitán in the 75th minute. First LaLiga appearance since December 2014. HE GETS A 10. WHO CARES. CERCI FOREVER.
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