Jan Oblak, GK: 7.5
Called upon to make one outstanding save in second half stoppage time. Leganés came close with the score at 0-0, but no matter: Oblak kept his 17th clean sheet of the season.
Juanfran, RB: 6.5
Juanfran’s first league start for a month saw him take lots of touches (85, per WhoScored) and complete a robust 87 percent of his passes. However, he wasn’t very dangerous, allowing Ángel Correa to do most of the work in the final third.
José Giménez, CB: 7.5
Another composed, mature outing from the Uruguayan, who surely has solidified his place as Diego Godín’s partner for the rest of the season.
Diego Godín, CB: 8.5
The captain misplaced just one pass all night — he completed 71 of 72, an absurd 98.6 percent completion rate.
Filipe Luís, LB: 8.5
Filipe may turn 33 this summer, but his form since he returned from injury is reminiscent of a full back 10 years younger. The Brazilian made a big goal line clearance with the scores at 0-0 and Griezmann rewarded one of his marauding runs down the left by heading in one of his crosses on 56 minutes.
Ángel Correa, RM: 7
Full of tricks and intent, but his touch and judgment let him down on more than one occasion.
Thomas Partey, CM: 7
Steady as they come. Thomas was unspectacular but did what he had to: keep possession and circulate the ball (95 percent pass completion, a team-high 10 accurate long balls). Most importantly, he avoided the yellow card which would have seen him suspended for Sunday’s contest at Barcelona.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 8.25
Journalist Imañol Echagaray put it best: Saúl was a man among boys Wednesday. When the shackles are removed, Saúl bosses the midfield with a commitment and dynamism that belies his age. This confident, assured performance saw him rack up 102 touches and show off the box-to-box game — dropping deep to make clearances to taking dangerous long shots — that makes him one of Atlético Madrid’s best players on his day.
Koke, LM: 8.5
The canterano seems to be emerging from a period of poor form — just in time, too. Koke’s assist on Griezmann’s first goal — a one-touch ping from the halfway line — was simply outrageous, and he buzzed around the midfield throughout, running with purpose and clarity. He may be getting more comfortable in his new(ish) role behind a floating Griezmann.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 10 (Mattress Maker of the Match)
I mean...he scored four goals. Four! And now, after his rough start to the season, he’s one goal behind Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas for third in LaLiga’s scoring table.
Diego Costa, FW: 7
Costa’s mere presence has rejuvenated Griezmann and transformed Atlético’s attack. The space he opens up has been key to the Frenchman finding form — and he assisted his strike partner’s fourth and final goal with a chipped pass across the box. Through seven league games, Costa has scored three goals and assisted two — not a bad return for a guy who couldn’t play for six months.
Vitolo, LM: 6.5
Entered for Thomas in the 60th minute. Continues to adapt as Diego Simeone brings him along slowly. With the squad as small as it is now, he’ll grow in importance and should be starting by season’s end.
Fernando Torres, FW: N/A
Entered for Costa in the 73rd minute. Had little time to make an impact and even less need to do so.
Kévin Gameiro, FW: N/A
Entered for Griezmann in the 73rd minute. Touched the ball just nine times with the result well in hand.