Jan Oblak, GK: 7.5
Nothing to be done about Rodrigo Moreno’s goal, but without his last-minute saves on Daniel Wass and Kévin Gameiro, Atlético Madrid would have left Mestalla with nothing.
Juanfran, RB: 6
Average performance, though he did complete a team-high 90 percent of his passes and didn’t have to go up against Gonçalo Guedes. The assist for Rodrigo’s goal came from his side. Right back is an early nominee for “Problem Position of the Year,” as Santiago Arias is yet to adjust to a new league/country and Juanfran no longer offers anything special.
Stefan Savić, CB: 6
Led his team with six clearances but put in a less-inspiring performance than in Wednesday’s Super Cup. Atlético need José Giménez to return to fitness.
Diego Godín, CB: 5.5
Committed a rare blunder that set up Rodrigo’s equalizer. Godín tried to head away Daniel Wass’ cross but the Spain international chested down instead, which left him with an easy finish. Still, the captain was the only Atlético defender who did not see a yellow card and always offered himself as a set piece threat.
Filipe Luís, LB: 6.5
The wantaway left back was Atlético’s best defender on the night, as he kept Carlos Soler quiet and made several key tackles. He really didn’t offer much going forward though, which should theoretically be his advantage over Lucas.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 6.5
Took most of his 73 touches inside his own half, which negated his effectiveness. The whole point of Rodri’s arrival was to stop this from happening.
Koke, CM: 7.5
Koke’s 101 touches led all players on the night, as did his four key passes. The 26-year-old looked assured and confident on the ball — which has not always been the case for him — and he could pick and choose when to press or when to sag off and distribute the ball. Encouraging display.
Ángel Correa, RM: 7.5
Opened Atlético’s account in LaLiga for the second year running, as he took up a wonderful reverse pass from Griezmann and tucked it away with his right foot. Correa struggled to make an impact otherwise — he misplaced several passes in the first half and he completed just one dribble.
Thomas Lemar, LM: 6
Passed tidily (86 percent), worked his socks off (four tackles) and showed a decent understanding with Filipe. Lemar didn’t necessarily do anything wrong, but it was difficult for him to stand out as Griezmann took more touches than he did in the Super Cup.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 6.5
Still not back to full fitness yet, even as he laid on a gorgeous assist for Correa. Griezmann faded noticeably in the second half, and he could not get himself into influential positions.
Diego Costa, FW: 6.5
Monstrous first half, when he bullied Valencia’s center backs left and right and came just inches from doubling the lead. Costa’s service was cut off in the second half though as Valencia caught a second wind and steadily worked him out of the game.
Vitolo, LM: 4
Entered for Lemar in the 63rd minute. Vitolo found space and touches harder to come by against a well-drilled defense — almost all his passes went either to a side or to a player behind him.
Gelson Martins, RM: 5
Entered for Griezmann in the 72nd minute. Gelson’s quality is obvious, and Atlético force-fed him the ball as the match rumbled toward its conclusion. He could become a really important player in a matter of weeks, but he needs to play a bit more for the team rather than try to do everything himself.
Thomas Partey, CM: N/A
Entered for Correa in the 81st minute. Did not have enough time to make an impact.