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Valencia 0-0 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Player ratings from an intense draw at Mestalla.

Jan Oblak (GK): 7

The Slovenia international did not have to make any saves as none of Valencia’s shots were on target. When the ball was at his feet, he did well to supply. All in all, a slow day at the office for Oblak as he kept his first clean sheet of the season.

Juanfran (RB): 6

Age seems to be getting the better of Juanfran. He did not win any of his take-on attempts and was relatively quiet on the defensive end. A plus was that he completed 85 percent of his passes.

Stefan Savić (CB): 7

Did well in place of Diego Godín. When there was pressure at the back, he did well to clear and he made a couple crucial interceptions to slow Valencia’s buildup play. With Godín effectively rested, he had big shoes to fill and did his job fairly well.

Lucas Hernández (CB): 8

A rock at the back. He had an extremely solid match and seemed to do everything when called upon. Whether it was clearing, intercepting or tackling, Lucas seemed to have it all down.

Filipe Luís (LB): 7.5

Good to have this guy back. Filipe did well not only do well defensively, but offensively as well. He aided in the attack as much as he could while also tracking back and defending with vigor.

Koke (RM): 7

Koke’s last game against Las Palmas was superb, as he scored twice in a commanding display. On Saturday, he was not as effective — his crossing was poor and he had only one shot in second half stoppage time. However, his long ball delivery was good, as he hit on eight of his 10 attempts.

Thomas Partey (CM): 8

Once again, Thomas seemed to be everywhere on the pitch and had a very well-rounded game in every category. He completed 86 percent of his passes while also picking up five tackles and four interceptions. Another excellent performance from the Ghanaian, which will satisfy Diego Simeone.

Saúl Ñíguez (CM): 7

The Thomas-Saúl pairing was hard to beat Saturday. Although Saúl didn’t venture forward as much as we’d like, but he made up for it with a solid defensive effort, contributing five clearances and four tackles.

Yannick Carrasco (LM): 5.5

A very disappointing match for Carrasco, as he managed just one shot in 60 minutes. Not only that, he was dispossessed five times and picked up two fouls in the process. He did not seem himself out there and it made sense when he was subbed out. Must do better against bigger teams.

Ángel Correa (ST): 7

Atlético’s attack was lackluster and really missed Antoine Griezmann’s presence. Correa tried, with two shots and target and two chances created, but he couldn’t get that one big chance the team needed over his 70-plus minutes.

Luciano Vietto (ST): 7

Vietto worked hard to get a shot on target but missed all three. One of them looked like a clear chance, but when he turned onto his left foot he skied over. Still an encouraging 65 minutes for the Argentine.


Nicolás Gaitán (LM): 7

Gaitán was subbed in the 60th minute and was alright. He did better than Carrasco in the 30 minutes that he was out there with two shots and a key pass. Atlético had a very positive spell for about 15 minutes after he entered.

Fernando Torres (ST): 5

Only played 25 minutes and did not have much impact at all, slowing down the game and showing a heavy first touch.

Kévin Gameiro (ST): 5

Gameiro played 18 minutes and barely made an impact like Torres. Simeone will probably bring him along slowly as he returns from injury.