Jan Oblak, GK: 8.5
Another clean sheet, but he had to earn this one. Oblak made an outrageous kick save on a rampaging Lucas Pérez with the scores level, then followed that up by snaring the Spaniard’s header. The Slovene dealt with marginal danger thereafter.
Carlos Isaac, RB: 6
The 19-year-old looked pretty smooth in the attacking third and fired in a couple dangerous crosses, but he left lots to be desired defensively. That said, he left the match with his head held high, and Diego Simeone might turn to him again if needed.
Stefan Savić, CB: 5.5
The rust from nearly eight weeks out was on full display. Savić’s errant headed clearance into Lucas Pérez’s path required a great save out of Oblak on 20 minutes, and Deportivo La Coruña’s attackers routinely found space in the first half due to his inability to move laterally. In fact, all 10 Deportivo shots came from inside the box — that’s where you most feel the impact of Giménez’s absence.
Diego Godín, CB: 8
Great game. Made several vital clearances and wasn’t caught out once. Particularly commanding in the second half, when Depor managed just three shots.
Lucas Hernández, LB: 8.5
The play of the night belonged to the France international, as he chased down Borja Valle at full gallop to prevent a one-on-one against Oblak. His distribution is improving, too — he completed better than 85 percent of his passes.
Thomas Partey, DMC: 8
In control throughout. Thomas had an astonishing pass completion rate of 95 percent and looked extremely comfortable on the ball — he completed seven dribbles according to WhoScored. He had to come off on 88 minutes with what appeared to be a foot injury, which is hopefully nothing more than a knock.
Gabi, CM: 7
One of the captain’s best performances of 2018. His six tackles led all players and his energy was infectious. Vintage.
Koke, CM: 6
Koke tried to grab the match by the scruff early and seemed to relish a freer #10 role behind Correa and Gameiro. But he lacked precision and it may have been a case of his head moving faster than his feet. He became more anonymous as the match moved along.
Ángel Correa, RM: 4.5
Not really sure how Correa got through 90 minutes — not because Depor were rough with him, but because he wasn’t good. The Argentine’s touch was too heavy and he was dispossessed a whopping seven times. His decision making simply has to improve — too often he tried to fit the ball into tight spaces before it would be intercepted or hoofed clear.
Saúl Ñíguez, LM: 7
Played in his preferred, more advanced role and oozed quality. He baited Pedro Mosquera into tugging his shirt in the box, which set up Gameiro’s penalty. Saúl was unlucky not to ring in a shot off the post on the hour but was very lucky to avoid the yellow card that would have seen him miss the derbi next Sunday.
Kévin Gameiro, FW: 7
Took a perfect penalty to grab the game’s only goal. Only Correa and Antoine Griezmann have more goals in LaLiga than Gameiro, and the 30-year-old has scored his six in under 800 minutes.
Diego Costa, FW: 5.5
Entered for Carlos Isaac in the 63rd minute. Had a good chance fall his way minutes after he jogged onto the pitch but quiet otherwise (mostly due to inadequate service). With his 69th minute booking, he now has more yellow cards (4) than goals (3) this season.
Fernando Torres, FW: 5.5
Entered for Gameiro in the 72nd minute. Gave Atlético Madrid a different look and his ability to win aerial duels helped keep danger away from the final third.
Toni Moya, CM: N/A
Entered for Thomas in the 88th minute. Handed his league debut as Atlético saw out the match.
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