Jan Oblak (8): Excellent, regardless of the circus that is often in front of him. On a number of occasions, Oblak had to bail out his defenders. There was no chance for him on Sevilla’s goal as the defensive shape collapsed in front of him.
Juanfran (5): Truly poor game from the veteran, who offered very little and came quite close to gifting a goal to Sevilla with a tragic pass out from the back. The tackles he completed were chaotic, to say the least.
Diego Godín (6): Once again, signs of Godín’s age shone through as Wissam Ben Yedder scored the first goal. The Uruguayan got pulled out of position to the edge of the box, leaving the center of the box wide open for Ben Yedder to finish. Shortly after the goal, Godín was again pulled out of position and was fortunate to not be punished a second time.
Stefan Savić (7): Probably Atlético Madrid’s best defensive performer on the day. Savić did well in his role of heading away everything in sight. Other than that, though, little involvement.
Saúl (7.5): Once again relegated to a full back role, Saúl’s struggles to cement his role in the midfield from the first half continue into the second. Even out of position, Saúl found opportunities to get forward and show his class, particularly with his dribbling. Once Montero came on, Saúl was moved back into midfield to give Atlético a bit of a different look.
Thomas (8): After public complaints about playing time, Thomas got the start here despite the form and effectiveness of the Rodri-Koke partnership. What Thomas always brings is effectiveness within Diego Simeone’s system. The Ghanaian covers a ton of ground and brings more mobility to the center of the park. That being said, his creativity in the middle of the park is certainly less than what Koke or Saúl can offer. As is often the case with Thomas, he did nothing to lose his place in the team, but nothing spectacular to retain it.
Rodri (7.5): Pretty good game overall for Rodri, but not one of his best. Did well to recycle the ball within the team, coming in at just below 90% for his passing. Another aspect of his development is the knowledge of when to commit cynical fouls, and he did well Sunday in that facet. Due to his size however, he will need to stay on his feet more, as league refs do not give fouls against him that often.
Thomas Lemar (5): A fairly worrying, quiet performance for Lemar, who was unable to get into the match. Without some significant improvement in the coming weeks, the Frenchman may find himself out of the team. He was replaced on the hour by Sevilla fan favorite Vitolo.
Koke (7.5): Overall a very good game for Koke, who was the main creator in midfield. This season has shown that Koke has improved his role in the team and is now more effective in the center of the park. He completed seven tackles too, a rarity for a player of his defensive quality.
Antoine Griezmann (8.5): While he struggled to get involved in the match early on, Griezmann had to come to his team’s rescue and bang in a free kick from just outside the box. It was a thing of beauty that left the goalkeeper with absolutely no chance. Griezmann did have a chance to win it, but considering without his goal Atlético would have been dead in the water, it’s hard to criticize him for missing it.
Ángel Correa (5.5): Still Simeone’s preference over Kalinić, Correa was the more dynamic of the forwards in the first half as Griezmann struggled to get into the game. As is often the case with Correa, however, he faded as the match went along. Eventually, he was replaced by Javi Montero on 79’ as Atlético looked to see out the match.
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