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Celta Vigo 2-0 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Ratings from a poor performance at Balaídos for los rojiblancos.

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Jan Oblak (GK): 6

Oblak had a tough day in between the sticks to say the least. The goals he conceded were not really his fault — a Godín slip and a free header led to the two goals against him. He came up with two saves which kept the game at 2-0 when it probably could have been more.

Stefan Savić (RB): 4

Savić’s performance was hard to watch. Diego Simeone used the center back as a makeshift right back in the match since Juanfran was injured and Santiago Arias is still not an option in his mind. Savić was caught out of position multiple times and was caught flat-footed by Iago Aspas’ header to double the lead. He was later sent off after picking up a second yellow for a handball.

José Giménez (CB): 6.5

Giménez made his first start of the season and responded with an alright performance. He made three clearances but he is still not where Simeone would like him to be physically — Arias replaced him with about 20 minutes left.

Diego Godín (CB): 6

Godín’s slow start to the season continued with another huge error that led to Maxi Gómez’s goal. The captain’s slip and slow recovery have opened up selection questions that Simeone must answer after the break.

Filipe Luís (LB): 7

After speculation about a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Filipe ended up staying with Atlético Madrid and earned the start in Saturday’s match. He took nearly 100 touches as Atleti’s attack shriveled and died elsewhere on the pitch. The Brazilian showed his quality in attack but looked a little slow in defense — and it was his back pass the Godín mishandled.

Ángel Correa (RM): 6.5

Correa was asked to do a lot of defensive work with Savić playing out of position. This hindered his ability to get into prime attacking positions and use his quick feet.

Saúl Ñíguez (CM): 6.5

Saúl paired well with Thomas and was able to bully off some of Celta Vigo’s players and control the midfield, especially in the first half. He had a few decent shooting opportunities but nothing came to fruition.

Thomas Partey (CM): 6.5

Like Saúl, used his physicality to help Atlético control the midfield, but Celta simply passed around him. He couldn’t make it an hour.

Koke (LM): 7

Simeone has used Koke on the wing many times before, but Lemar’s absence was felt on that side. Koke did well to help out Filipe defensively though (the 33-year-old needed the help) and passed accurately (88 percent).

Diego Costa (ST): 6

Very quiet, again. Unable to latch onto the ball as he was deprived of service once more. He finished a second consecutive match without any shots and expressed his annoyance at referee Mateu Lahoz more than once.

Antoine Griezmann (ST): 7

Griezmann had Atleti’s best chance in the first half, but his shot rolled wide from outside the box. He ended the match with four key passes but no shots on target (same went for his teammates).

Nikola Kalinić (ST): 6

Kalinić made his debut in the match, as he entered for Correa in the 56th minute. He completed only two passes but offered himself as a decent aerial presence. If and when Atlético remember how to get the ball into the box, there’s some potential there.

Thomas Lemar (LM): 6.5

Lemar entered for Thomas Partey just before the hour. He took 35 touches in about as many minutes, worked hard and sent in searching crosses, but he was stopped each time by Celta’s organized defense.

Santiago Arias (RB): N/A

Entered for Giménez in the 68th minute. He too tried to no avail to whip in dangerous crosses. Needed to be on earlier.