Jan Oblak, GK: 8
Rang up his 20th clean sheet in LaLiga and had to earn it late with saves on Óscar Plano and Miguel de la Fuente. He also survived a Fernando Calero header off the post in stoppage time.
Santiago Arias, RB: 6
Got away with a pretty clear 85th minute handball that would have handed Valladolid a penalty. Not a very eventful afternoon otherwise.
Stefan Savić, CB: 6.5
Atlético Madrid haven’t lost any of his past 17 appearances, which is quite the statistic as his contributions to those wins have been mixed. The Montenegrin again didn’t look up to speed following his injury, but that could be due to playing 180 minutes in his first week back.
Diego Godín, CB: 7.5
Seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. The captain cut out pass and shot angles well and made six clearances to boot. Despite some inconsistencies this season, the 33-year-old remains a big presence and has a few years left around this level — whether they’re in Madrid or Milan.
Filipe Luís, LB: 5
Struggled to find a rhythm and was held to lots of lateral passes. Couldn’t manage a single key pass either as his time at Atlético winds down.
Thomas Partey, CM: 5.5
A bit harsh to see him hooked at halftime, but he didn’t always look comfortable and Atlético’s midfield had been a little too loose.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 7.5
Began the match as an attacking midfielder but had to pull left-back and defensive midfield duty, too. It was his super cross that Joaquín Fernández headed into his own net.
Koke, RM: 7.25
Benefitted massively from a move into central midfield early in the second half. The mattress makers’ future captain completed 96 percent of his passes and had a game-high three key passes in addition to his usual defensive offerings (three tackles, three interceptions).
Thomas Lemar, LM: 7.25
Plenty of touches (72, only Koke and Saúl took more) and he’s got an influence over the team right now that had disappeared after the season’s early weeks. He could be in line for a big 2019/20 season.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 6.5
Had Atlético’s sole shot on target with a stinging 20th minute free kick. Had fewer touches than on Wednesday but still worked his tail off with four shots, three headers won and two key passes. First touch was heavy though and he was dispossessed five times.
Álvaro Morata, FW: 6.5
Morata’s hold-up play has been a key factor to his positive start to Atlético life. He’s stretched opposing defenses so well and Atleti have really needed what he offers in the air — he won five more aerial duels on Saturday, which corresponds to his per-90 average since his January arrival.
Rodri, CM: 7
Entered for Thomas Partey at halftime. Quickly gave los colchoneros stability in midfield, was super in the air and completed 92 percent of his attempted passes.
Ángel Correa, RM: 6
Entered for Filipe Luís in the 56th minute. Introduced himself with some silky dribbling and Atlético needed that change of pace to get closer to Jordi Masip’s goal. They did not need the late yellow card he picked up, however.
Vitolo, RM: N/A
Entered for Morata in the 70th minute. Contribution was limited.
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