Oblak (7): If you only look at the two goals conceded on the scoresheet, it’s easy to think Oblak had an off day in net. But early on in the first half, the Slovene parried a low drive away from danger, and he made a great save off a header inside the six-yard box on 38 minutes.
Trippier (5): Sevilla’s dynamic duo of Diego Carlos and Sergio Reguilón subdued the Englishman for most of the match, making diving tackles and pressuring constantly as he moved up the flank. They made Trippier work for every inch — and when he was able to break free with some surges of effort, his crosses were mainly ineffective. Minutes before halftime, VAR decided that although the contact was small, it was enough to rule Trippier fouled Lucas Ocampos in the box for a penalty.
Savić (4): Another seriously dismal performance from the man in the middle. There were multiple instances where Savić dived in recklessly, including on Sevilla’s opening goal from Luuk de Jong in the 19th minute. With a healthy Giménez on the bench, it may be time to wonder how much more Diego Simeone is willing can take before he makes the switch in central defense.
Filipe (7): Picked up the slack from Savić with some important clearances and interceptions. He was able to win headers in the air like he usually does and make good contact with some corners when he pushed up.
Hermoso (5): Made an appearance for the injured Renan Lodi. His passing and attacking presence wasn’t nearly as impactful as Lodi’s, but that was to be expected. He made a few sloppy mistakes early on but did well to close out on attackers once he was set in position.
Correa (6.5): Correa made his mark through dribbling and defense. The Atlético Madrid stalwart consistently tracked back into the defensive third and worked to clear the ball and relieve some of Sevilla’s attacking pressure. On the offensive end, Correa won multiple fouls for the team— two of which were a few yards out from the 18. Doing so led to some dangerous set piece opportunities for the team.
Saúl (5): A pretty quiet match from the 25-year-old midfielder, save for a few tame shots. When Hermoso was subbed off for Carrasco, Saúl moved to left back, where he would stay the rest of the match.
Llorente (7.5): Got a chance to perform for the suspended Thomas Partey and was quietly one of the better players on the pitch. He filled some large defensive shoes well by making some smooth tackles in the midfield, and he took nice touches on quick give and go plays.
Koke (7.5): The captain’s engine was on display Saturday. Koke pressed hard on Sevilla’s midfield to regain possession — the most prominent example being how he pickpocketed Joan Jordán in midfield, sprung on the counter and assisted João Félix’s goal.
Félix (8): Confident, creative, and above all smart with his play. Many times we could see Félix drop back to receive the ball and operate. From there he could dribble silkily and pass fancily and accurately. In the 36th minute, the 20-year-old took up the ball with the outside of his right foot and converted with his left to fire Atleti into a brief lead.
Morata (7): To say that Morata’s goal was a relief would be an understatement. He scored a 32nd minute penalty to break his eight-game goal drought, and with that burden off his shoulders, the Spaniard can hopefully continue to score.
Carrasco (5.5): Forced a tough save from Tomas Vaclík in the 64th minute, but missed a super opportunity to go ahead six minutes later, shooting over the bar.
Diego Costa (6): Costa’s physical presence was just what the team needed late in the match. He dug deep into Sevilla’s back line and managed two shots after replacing Morata.
Vitolo (N/A): Played just 10 minutes in Félix’s place.