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Simeone’s side suffered and lost the possession battle, but won 2-0 to build a four-point lead atop LaLiga.

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Jan Oblak

Not too much work to do in the first half but closed down Youssef En-Nesyri well after he found a yard in the box. Had saved from the Moroccan previously, early in the first half. Those were Sevilla’s only two shots on target — 7.

Kieran Trippier

Delivered the ball into Ángel Correa’s path for the opener. A fairly impressive return to action despite all the noise surrounding his ban from football. Showed he can play the role of full-back excellently in Diego Simeone’s new 3-5-2. Involved in the second goal as well, as he played the ball to Llorente on the move — 8.

Stefan Savić

Solid, but booked for clipping En-Nesyri’s leg on the break after 56 minutes. That put him under some pressure, but he coped well. Made a couple timely blocks as Sevilla turned up the heat — 7.

José Giménez

Dealt well with roving Suso, En-Nesyri, and Lucas Ocampos. Despite Savić’s looming presence, the Uruguayan is the main man in the centre of Atlético Madrid’s defence. Came out on the right side of many important aerial duels — 8.

Mario Hermoso

Lost his head a little bit in the first half after conceding a soft free kick. Constantly exposed in the second half with Lemar struggling to keep tabs on Jules Koundé, who was playing as an attacker for much of the second 45 — 6.

Thomas Lemar

Did very well for the opening goal after winning the ball and playing a weighted pass into Trippier’s path. Continues to keep João Félix out of the team — deservedly, too. This is the Thomas Lemar on whom Atlético spent a record fee in 2018. He’s elusive on the ball and hard-working defensively. Did start to struggle when Sevilla increased pressure in the second half and was taken off after 65 minutes — 7.

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Marcos Llorente

Not as impressive going forward as he usually is. Sevilla had Atlético pinned back and he kept Joan Jordán quiet throughout. Worked his socks off, which is par for the course and as everyone else tired, he grew stronger — 7.

Koke

Booked in the second half and out for next week’s trip to Eibar. Continues to do well as a defensive midfielder and might have faced his toughest challenge to date. Ivan Rakitić’s movement is difficult to defend and En-Nesyri, Suso and Ocampos were moving around trying to find space. But Atlético’s captain held his own — 7.

Yannick Carrasco

Didn’t have as much luck against Jesús Navas, but he kept the right-back quiet in attack. Along with Lemar and Hermoso, this trio kept Ocampos and Navas out of the game. Did well defensively, even if he would have liked more chances to attack and support when he did — 7.

Ángel Correa

Masterful spin and finish for the 17th-minute opener, justifying his starting place. Struggled aside from the goal, with Atlético playing in a counter-attacking style. He prefers operating in tight spaces in the penalty area, but the game passed him by. Replaced after 65 minutes — 7.

Luis Suárez

More involved than usual and had a couple decent efforts in the first half. In theory, counter-attacking football shouldn’t suit him, but he did well and could be improving his fitness little by little. Played his part, removed after 82 minutes — 7.

Substitutes

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Saúl Ñíguez

Did exactly what he was brought on to do and added lots of energy upon introduction. Finished well from Llorente’s cross as he took his time before slipping his 76th-minute

shot into the bottom corner. The Spaniard really needed that goal after some difficult moments — 9.

João Félix

Did well to hold up the ball and win a couple frees when he was brought on. Might not sound like much, but it was needed with Sevilla starting to turn the screw. Left alone up top and had no support after going 2-0 up. The Portuguese’s recent form is the only concerning aspect of Atlético’s team form — 6.

Lucas Torreira

Replaced his countryman, Suárez, with about 10 minutes to play. Not on long enough to make a significant impact.

Felipe

Replaced Carrasco as Simeone battened down the hatches. On for just a couple minutes.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match versus Sevilla:

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  • 9%
    Correa
    (31 votes)
  • 57%
    Trippier
    (180 votes)
  • 9%
    Llorente
    (31 votes)
  • 22%
    Saúl
    (71 votes)
313 votes total Vote Now