Atlético Madrid dealt Sevilla and Eduardo Berizzo their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Wanda Metropolitano. Goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann were enough to seal it and while Berizzo claims it was a single mistake in the second half that decided the game, Atlético looked quite comfortable throughout as they now look to Chelsea on Wednesday in the Champions League.
Here are the player ratings for all XI starts and the subs who made an impact
Jan Oblak - 8
One of his quieter games but what he was asked to do, he did well. No penalty saves and no world class saves but solid as ever. Adds so much security to the back line knowing Oblak is there behind them...waiting.
Sime Vrsaljko - 8.5
An excellent return to action from the Croatian. He didn’t look like a man who had missed most of the start of the season. Kept running the line and pinning Carole back. Rarely under threat in defence either. Should take over that spot now for the foreseeable future.
Stefan Savic - 8
Solid if not spectacular, which is absolutely fine when Savic is concerned. Muriel was blunted and Sevilla rarely threatened so to not remember anything of what Savic really did is certainly a good thing.
Lucas Hernandez - 9
Excellent in defence and added an extra dimension with his runs forward. Might have been a man of the match performance from the young centre-half. Only a matter of time before he becomes a vital part of Simeone’s plans, if he is not there already.
Filipe Luis - 7.5
Quiet day for Filipe Luis but with Vrsaljko raiding forward, that’s not a bad thing. He adds balance at the back and while Atlético tended to want to attack down their right, Filipe Luis was, as always, ready to take on that mantle if needed.
Koke - 7.5
Sevilla enjoyed a lot of the ball in the middle of the field and while Koke was efficient and tidy, he couldn’t influence the game as he might have liked. Plenty more to come from the midfielder.
Saul - 7.5
Similar to Koke. He tried to get himself involved but could rarely trouble Sevilla’s defence as he likes to with his mazy or powerful runs from the middle.
Gabi - 8
Made a last-gasp tackle to stop a rampaging Muriel, who had beaten Filipe Luis on the counter. Does exactly what he is there to do, which is break up play, play it safe and give Atlético peace of mind. Job done.
Yannick Carrasco - 8.5
Never stopped trying and while he struggled in the first half, his efforts resulted in a goal in the second half that broke the game wide open. Need more from Carrasco but for a player that is so fast and excitable, he is understandably hit or miss. Got his goal yesterday so he was a hit.
Antoine Griezmann - 8.5
Got the goal meaning he has scored two in four games in the league this season. Never looked particularly threatening but holds the ball well and keeps defences guessing. Not firing on all cylinders yet but still one of the stand-out performers.
Luciano Vietto - 9
A sentimental nine, certainly. This is about effort though and Vietto worked his way into the game, creating the goal for Carrasco and nearly scoring himself. His confidence is on the floor but he keeps fighting. A stroke of luck here or there and Vietto could become counted on. He has the talent and just needs that elusive goal. Effort was exceptional.
Angel Correa - 8
A typically lively cameo. Nearly scored. This is the year of Correa and his confidence is slowly but surely soaring. Great to see for the squad.
Thomas Partey - Did a job but was brought on to close up shop. Didn’t do enough to merit a score but was effective in what he was asked to do.
Kevin Gameiro - Not on long enough to merit a score.