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Atlético Madrid 1-2 Chelsea: Player Ratings

The Wanda Metropolitano’s first European night ended in a devastating defeat.

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Jan Oblak, GK: 5

Oblak was let down by his right back and a center back on the equalizer, and was the victim of a supreme passing move that ended in Michy Batshuayi’s last-gasp winner.

Juanfran, RB: 3.5

Diego Simeone made an irresponsible decision to start Juanfran with the younger, faster José Giménez available. The 32-year-old somehow played all 90 minutes and was flogged by Eden Hazard for much of it, including when the Belgian found Álvaro Morata for the equalizer from Juanfran’s side. His passing was acceptable but he is most definitely not the attacking presence he once was.

Lucas Hernández, CB: 5

Won the penalty, but made a rare mistake and conceded position to Morata ahead of his equalizing header. Made few of the attacking runs we’ve seen him make in previous weeks; those could have served to open up play a bit more.

Diego Godín, CB: 6.5

Did well individually throughout the night, but the back four needed more leadership than he provided. (That is an incredibly hard sentence to type.) Individual errors littered this uncharacteristic defensive performance.

Filipe Luís, LB: 6

Found little of the freedom and overlapping runs he craves. Did well in defense, committing just one foul and tackling with authority.

Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 7

Missed a huge chance with the final kick of the first half that could have seen Atlético Madrid go 2-0 up. Of course, that came back to bite Atlético. Overall, though, Saúl was involved and played in a more advanced position — where he is at his best.

Thomas Partey, CM: 5.5

The sheen is starting to wear off Thomas’ early-season performances. Despite his burgeoning ability to play extremely accurate passes from wherever he is on the pitch, Thomas was outnumbered in midfield and didn’t deal well with Chelsea’s physicality and work rate. He experienced a frustrating, ineffective night.

Koke, CM: 4.5

Again failed to exercise any authority or leadership with Gabi not playing. Busily buzzed around, winning the ball in the defense, playing nice passes when Atlético countered — but in effect, he was just another player in a red and white shirt. He also committed the foul which started the free kick move that created Chelsea’s winner.

Yannick Carrasco, FW: 5.5

Started very brightly but waned in impact after about half an hour. Chelsea’s wing backs matched him for pace and left him little room to operate. Managed just one shot in nearly 70 minutes.

Antoine Griezmann, FW: 6

Griezmann scored his third goal in three games at the new Metropolitano with a well-taken first half penalty, but that was about all he did of note. His supply was cut off and he could not supply others — his passing was often backward and regressive. Not good enough.

Ángel Correa, FW: 5.5

Correa hit his first speed bump of the season on Wednesday. His touch was not there as he was dispossessed several times, and he accrued just a solitary shot in over 70 minutes.

Fernando Torres, FW: 4

Entered for Carrasco in the 68th minute. I actually would have preferred Luciano Vietto. Torres slows the entire game down and can’t take on defenders anymore.

Nicolás Gaitán, RM: N/A

Entered for Correa in the 71st minute. At least that’s what they tell me.

José Giménez, CM: N/A

Entered for Thomas in the 77th minute. Should have started the match at right back.