Oblak (6): The Slovenian conceded two goals in tonight’s match, but both due to hideous defending from the team on set pieces. Paulista and Kondogbia were virtually unmarked on their goals, leaving Oblak in some tough positions. In the 89th minute, the vice captain came up with a solid punch and a flying save to keep the scores level
Arias (5): Arias was active in buildup play early on. His work rate and fortunate deflected pass kicked off the move that led to the first goal. The Colombian struggled with individual defensive battles — José Gayá is a tough matchup for many right backs. He was subbed off for Morata in the 66th minute.
Savić (4.5): Minimal. He looked like a shadow of his autumn self and was caught ball-watching on Valencia’s first equalizer. He made only two clearances.
Filipe (5.5): Felipe, meanwhile, made 10 clearances. His presence in the air and long passing were positives — but he was at fault for Paulista’s goal, as he was caught napping on the goal line.
Lodi (4): A really poor night for the Brazilian. Ferrán Torres seemed to be all over him in the first half. Lodi picked up a yellow card for a needless foul and exited the match in the 58th minute — meaning Saúl eventually would take over at left back. Not great.
Koke (5.5): More often than not, Koke was able to pick the right pass. His 91% pass accuracy helped Atlético Madrid keep some of their 36 percent possession, and he made three interceptions on an okay night. In the 77th minute, he was subbed off for Carrasco — a change made with Tuesday in mind.
Llorente (7.5): The former Real Madrid man has been working hard in recent matches, and his efforts were rewarded in the 15th minute — when he put the ball in the back of the net to open the scoring. Defensively, though, he was subpar. Though he was Saúl’s man, Geoffrey Kondogbia raced past Llorente to equalize in the 59th minute.
Partey (8.5): One of Thomas’ best games in recent memory. What stuck out was his on-ball aggressiveness. If his goal just before halftime is an indication of anything, it’s that he wasn’t afraid to take players on and shoot — he took five attempts in all, most on the team. He had a few other rockets throughout the match, but wasn’t able to convert. On top of his offensive play was his pressure on the defense and ability to win the ball back in the midfield, as we saw on his goal.
Saúl (5.5): Made efforts to aid in the attack, but most of his work was on defense as a left midfielder. Early on in the second half, he was moved to left back, but couldn’t do much to stop Valencia’s intense pressure. Ferran Torres rinsed him, too.
Vitolo (5): Connected well with Ángel Correa up front, but he wasn’t able to get into a groove and make much of an impact. Maybe because he’s not a forward.
Correa (5.5): Similar to Vitolo, the Argentine started off strong. His cross ended up getting to Llorente for his 15th minute goal, but he was not credited with an assist. Other than that, he had a quiet performance. He didn’t take any shots and wasn’t able to dribble past players like he usually does.
Vrsaljko (3): Came on for Lodi in the 53rd minute and was moved to his favorable right side. He picked up a yellow card five minutes after stepping onto the pitch and fired in one great cross for Álvaro Morata to head home...
Morata (3.5): ...but the Spain international saw his attempt palmed off the line. The striker only played 24 minutes on his return from injury.
Carrasco (N/A): The Belgian played just 13 minutes and couldn’t do much with such limited time.