Jan Oblak (8.5): Oblak gets another clean sheet! Everyone rejoice. Alavés had more shots but Oblak only had to make three saves from their 14 shots.
Juanfran (7): Got booked, but did well with the ball. In general was the more productive of the old man fullback tandem.
José Giménez (8): With the announcement of Lucas Hernández’s departure from the club this summer, José Giménez is now the de facto “center back of the future.” And what a match for him to show up in, looking the more senior defender alongside Diego Godín. Josema passed the ball with 90% success and was dominant in the air. Due to the midfield in front of him, he was not required to make many tackles, which explains his low number (just one).
Diego Godín (7.5): Fairly average from the captain on Saturday, but still fine.
Filipe Luís (7): Decent from Filipe, wasn’t fantastic with the ball but did well. Made some good defensive plays that helped to secure the clean sheet.
Thomas Partey (9): Scored a fairly inconsequential but still beautiful banger in the 84th minute. Other than that Thomas was fairly quiet, but was still efficient with the ball (89 percent pass completion).
Koke (8): A very “this season” performance for Koke against Alavés, as he completed 90% of his passes with five tackles to go along with that. Without Koke this season, Atlétco Madrid’s midfield would have produced very little going forward. The Spaniard registered two assists, which is more reminiscent of 13/14 Koke.
Saúl (9): Scored a very nice goal to start the match off on 5 minutes after a good attacking move by the away side. Like many others in the team, Saúl was very good with the ball, with 88 percent passing and three tackles. This was more like the Saúl we’ve been wanting to see. The Manchester City rumors will swirl with enticing money, but we must remember how special a talent Saúl is, and what the consequences of team-building have meant for him this year.
Diego Costa (8.5): Finally! Diego Costa scored a goal, and rather unusually for him, it was a beauty. Using an old, tired cliché, Costa is typically a great goal scorer but not a scorer of great goals (with some notable exceptions). But Saturday’s was fantastic — from just outside the ’D’ he placed the ball in the right side of the net. Well done.
Antoine Griezmann (8): An assist for Griezmann, the least productive of the front three, not scoring a goal. However, with his playing style and role in the team, it makes sense that he would turn provider. Not quite enough shots for him, but with the other two in the side, it’s understandable.
Alvaro Morata (8.5): Another game, another goal for Morata. He’s been great for Atlético so far, and it feels crucial that they hold on to him in the summer and pay the clause.
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