Oblak (8.5): Seventy-five seconds into the match, The Oblaktopus made a really special save to keep out the visitors’ opener. He then stopped Raúl García and throughout the match proved — once more — impossible to beat as his team was able to keep the clean sheet.
Trippier (7.5): The emerging fan favorite showcased good instincts in his first full game next to an unfamiliar pairing in central defense. The threat of his crossing was always there and he contributed in the buildup to Atlético Madrid’s second goal, which Ángel Correa assisted with a low cross in the six-yard box.
Felipe (6.5): The Brazilian held onto his place and kept things simple and understated at the back. Though his long ball delivery was off the mark, he made a game-best nine clearances and will start until further notice with José Giménez and Stefan Savić out.
Hermoso (7): Looked much more comfortable and assured than in his early appearances.
Lodi (7): Stood out with his defensive work versus an Athletic Club side with dangerous creators.
Koke (7.5): The captain bounced back with short, accurate distribution and nabbed the pre-assist on Álvaro Morata’s goal. He impressed off the ball too with four tackles.
Partey (6.5): The deepest-lying midfielder, he was able to disrupt buildup at times, but his play wasn’t as impactful as it has been in recent games. Instead, he focused on delivering that first ball out of defense.
Saúl (8): Atlético’s sloppy play to start — perhaps caused by the lineup changes — handed Athletic a lifeline. But Saúl reapplied foot to gas by advancing further up the pitch, and he scored the eventual winning goal by firing in a Correa lay-off.
Lemar (6): The Frenchman always sought the ball and changed playing speeds, though his impact was much more measurable against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.
Correa (8): Flourished. The Argentine’s passing accurate and decisive, as his two assists showed. A potentially important match for him considering João Félix’s injury and the questions asked about his substitute.
Morata (7.5): The Spaniard’s final action was a sweeping right-footed finish which doubled the lead — his third goal of the season and second in as many games.
Herrera (6): Gave the team balance and completed each of his 14 passes.
Diego Costa (6): Came on for Morata in the 67th minute, and immediately got into it with Iñigo Martínez.
Vitolo (N/A): Didn’t make much of an impact with only 13 minutes of time.
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