Oblak — 6.5
The man between the sticks didn’t have a busy night against Cádiz. Oblak had to make three saves as Atlético Madrid’s dominance in possession (67 percent) and solid defending helped make his life a lot easier.
Trippier — 7.5
Although there were a few scares when the Englishman looking fatigued early on, he stayed active on the right flank throughout the match. In the first half, Koke and company switched the field multIple times to an open Trippier, who used his soft touch to control the ball and advance the play. His activity in attack caused some problems for the opposition, including a good ball in the box to set up Marcos Llorente’s goal.
Savić — 7.5
A really commanding force in the back. The Montenegrin center back made six clearances and a tackle, and looked calm when Cádiz’s attack attempted to rev up. Another high point of his game was his passing — 96 percent accuracy. He knew when to try and slot a ball through the midfield and when to play simply.
Giménez — 6
Complemented his partner-in-crime well, picking up five clearances and two interceptions. On top of this, the Uruguay defender was a threat in the air, winning five headers and knocking down long balls.
Hermoso — 5.5
Spent most of his time pressed above the halfway line, exchanging passes with Saúl or sending long passes over the top for the strikers. On the defensive end, Hermoso made a few strong tackles, but was beaten for an 81st minute scoring chance.
Llorente — 9
Made an impact on the play when the ball was at his feet more often than not. In the eighth minute, Llorente stayed composed when Cádiz keeper Jeremías Ledsma spilled the ball, and went on to assist João Félix’s headed goal with a cross to the back post. Only 14 minutes later, the midfielder received the ball in the box, turned around a defender and put the shot away to double the lead.
Herrera — 6.5
The Mexico international kept things ticking on both sides of the ball. On the offensive end, Herrera made sure to distribute carefully and retain possession. When the ball got lost, his positioning helped him record four interceptions.
Koke — 7.5
The captain looked like he was conducting an orchestra on the pitch, such was his passing and his movement. There were many times in the first half where Koke linked up with Saúl to receive and change the point of attack to the right side. His patient, consistent distribution made him the game’s unsung hero.
Saúl — 5
When the match began, Saúl looked somewhat nervous to take on players and press up the left flank, which is in stark contrast to Yannick Carrasco. He grew into the game a bit more with some tackles and interceptions, but still looked rusty at times.
Suárez — 8
Spent most of his time up top level with Cádiz’s defense, just waiting to make a run or receive the ball with his back to goal. The 33-year-old’s most important moment came when he darted onto a João Félix pass in the 51st minute and tucked the ball into the back of the net to extend the lead to 3-0.
Félix — 9.5
A masterclass. Each pass and each shot from the Portuguese striker comprised a brushstroke of creativity on a grassy, green canvas. Unlike his Uruguayan counterpart, Félix dropped deep to receive the ball and turn, which allowed him plenty of space to dribble or set up his teammates. He ended the game directly involved in three of the four goals — two scored, another assisted.
Correa — 7.5
Wasted no time getting involved after he replaced Llorente. Correa dribbled with intent and forced an immediate save from Ledesma. To end the match, the Argentine dragged over defenders and then flicked the ball to Félix, who made the game 4-0.
Torreira — 5
Came on for Herrera and picked up where he left off. The Uruguayan pivot completed 44 of 46 passes.
Kondogbia — 4
Made his debut in the red and white. The former Valencia midfielder picked up a yellow over his 20 minutes
Lemar — 4
Couldn’t make much of an impact in his 20 minutes on the pitch.
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