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FC Barcelona 2-2 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Atlético kept its 13-match unbeaten run rolling.

FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Starting XI

Oblak (7): Barcelona put on heavy pressure right out of the gate, but Oblak’s composure helped Atlético Madrid weather the storm. Although he conceded two goals—one on an awkward deflection and another on a penalty—his saves kept the game level. His best moment came in the 42nd minute, when he was able to redirect his momentum and make a flying save from Lionel Messi’s deflected free kick.

Arias (6): Came up with some solid defensive efforts as he dueled Jordi Alba to a draw. Also, he won all three of his aerial duels.

Giménez (5.5): Kept things simple when called upon and did particularly well when distributing from the back (albeit from only 10 passes) — even when his fellow Uruguayan tried to rustle his feathers.

Felipe (5): Although soft, it was Felipe’s foul on Nélson Semedo that gave Barcelona a penalty a few minutes into the second half. To his credit, Felipe continued to make vital interventions when Barcelona’s attacked in waves late into the match.

Lodi (7): Made nice runs up the left side and connected well with Carrasco. A number of his long passes progressed the ball into the final third.

Llorente (5): The Spaniard wasn’t as influential on the game as he has been lately. His two shots were blocked and he didn’t get free for mazy runs. He tracked back well, though.

Thomas (5.5): Similar to Llorente. Thomas couldn’t deliver a ton on the offensive end, partly because of how little possession Atlético had. Barcelona’s hounding was too much for Thomas to handle with the ball at his feet. However, he worked hard on the defensive end with five tackles and three interceptions.

FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Saúl (9): Bombarded with as much artificial noise as Barcelona’s stadium speakers could muster, Saúl made the most of his chances and converted twice from the spot. Both goals were equalizers which brought Atlético back into the game. On top of this, he made a staggering nine tackles.

Carrasco (8): Just as important. Carrasco was the one who got both penalties. His dribbling and darting runs were a beautiful to see and added a new element against this particular rival.

Correa (4): Correa has had trouble regaining his form since the restart. Tuesday was no better. He lost possession far too many times and looked like a shadow of his winter self.

Diego Costa (3): An all-around sloppy game from the man up top. Not only did he score an unlucky own goal, he missed a penalty and picked up a yellow card.

Subs

João Félix (5): Came on for Llorente with just over 20 minutes to play. His one shot from outside the box was an easy save for Marc-André Ter Stegen.

Morata (5): Didn’t make much of a difference in the game upon replacing Costa. Attempted one shot.

Vitolo (N/A): Subbed on for Correa in the dying minutes and didn’t have much impact aside from one key pass which created Morata’s blocked shot.

Lemar (N/A): More yellow cards than shots in his 10-minute cameo.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match at Barcelona:

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Carrasco
    (241 votes)
  • 10%
    Oblak
    (42 votes)
  • 1%
    Lodi
    (5 votes)
  • 30%
    Saúl
    (128 votes)
416 votes total Vote Now