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Atletico Madrid: First leg player ratings

On a forgettable night, this was difficult without tearing some players to shreds

Real Madrid CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid will continue to fight for their place in the Champions League final. It became infinitely more difficult after Tuesday night, however, after one of the worst performances from an Atletico Madrid side under Diego Simeone.

There problems at the back, in midfield, up front and on the bench and Atletico suffered because of it. What was the strategy? Where was the intensity? Where do Atletico go from here? So many questions to be answered.

Here are your player ratings for the night to tie us over until we get some answers...

Jan Oblak - 6

Didn’t have much to do but did not deal with any of Ronaldo’s efforts that turned into goals. Far from it being Oblak’s fault, however, this was a systematic failure by the team and he just happened to be the last line. Made one good stop in the first half from a Varane header.

Lucas Hernandez - 7

Looked nervy but this was to be expected. Has never, or rarely, played right-back but did quite well on a number of occasions.

Diego Godin - 6.5

Unusually lacking in leadership. He had a chance for a goal but skewed it badly wide. This was not a capitulation by the defence though so it is hard to judge them too harshly. Wasn’t poor per se but just wasn’t as involved as he usually is in a game of this magnitude. He was shrugged aside by Benzema for Ronaldo’s second.

Stefan Savic 6.5

Same as Godin although it’s not typically expected of Savic. He should have done better for Ronaldo’s first as the striker cut in front of hm and got a clean header on the ball. Not particularly poor but not deserving of anything higher than a 6.5.

Filipe Luis - 6

Filipe Luis has not really been himself lately. Caused little or no problems raiding up the left and had a couple of nasty fouls on Nacho and then Modric. A six might be harsh but based on what he is capable of, he was poor.

Koke - 5

Poor almost from start to finish. He was busy but that should not be mistaken for being good. Atletico Madrid need more from him and they haven’t been getting it. There is genuine concern that they might never get it. He broke up a few attacks at the start with poor control and passing and received a yellow early on meaning he was on thin ice for the remainder of a game. One to forget.

Saul - 5

The game passed him by. I noted on Twitter that I forgot he was playing in the first half. A big game player who barely got a kick of the ball. No raiding forward. No intensity. No crunching tackles. No mazy runs. No arriving late into the box. No energy.

Gabi - 5.5

Probably the best of the three midfielders but struggled massively. For Ronaldo’s third goal, he ghosted passed Gabi, who had don an excellent job of making it back to clog up the penalty area. Same as the rest of the team. No intensity and incapable of really taking the game to Real Madrid.

Antoine Griezmann - 6.5

Griezmann could get nothing right. He struggled massively and dropped deeper and deeper in an effort to get involved. He did not have one touch inside the penalty area.

Yannick Carrasco - 7

Atletico’s best player. Not that there was much competition but he, at least, look like venturing forward and trying to take on a few Real Madrid players. Atletico had to take him off due to fitness issues but they lost out when he left the field. Still not great but used his pace to try something. It was the least we could ask.

Kevin Gameiro - 5

Tend to be harder on the better players in the squad because we have seen them compete at the very top before and know the can. Kevin Gameiro is not cut out for the very top level and it was evident tonight. He was a nervous wreck on the ball and did little to look for it off it. Movement was poor and the one chance he had, he played it right into Keylor Navas’ glove.


Fernando Torres - 5

Didn’t see any of the ball so this five is based more on non-activity than him being poor. Griezmann had a cross at one stage that he could have done better to get on the end of. The change between him and Gameiro made no difference because Atletico struggled so badly in the middle of the field and had no strategy to get the ball forward.

Nico Gaitan - 5

A poor singing and a poor performance today. On the brink at Atletico Madrid and after today, you can see why. Where is the swash-buckling, pacy, dangerous wide man we say at Benfica? That version of Nico Gaitan is a distant memory. Made no change whatsoever.

Angel Correa - N/A

Tried his best but wasn’t on the field for long enough to get a proper score but did quite well in that he won a few frees and tried to make something happen. He passed to Gaitan at one stage and the ball hit his shin.