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Atlético Madrid 2-0 Barcelona: Player Ratings

Suárez’s finishing, plus the attacking flair of Félix and Lemar, led the way in a big win.

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Starting XI:

Oblak

FC Barcelona struggled to generate scoring opportunities, especially in the first half, where they had zero shots on target. The best chances came from Philippe Coutinho who found open space and let one fly in the 26th minute before guiding a shot on target on the hour. Oblak was positioned well and made the save to keep the clean sheet. –7

Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Llorente

The Spaniard wasn’t as involved in the attack as he usually is, but he didn’t need to be. His defensive efforts at right wing-back and bursts of speed up the right side added just what the team needed. –7

Savić

Never shied from a tackle and cleared the ball well when needed. He played with an aggression and an intensity, standing tall in the tackle as the game went on. –6

Giménez

Took no chances with Barcelona’s attacks, finishing with a total of nine clearances. His efforts relieved pressure and contributed massively to Atlético Madrid’s second half solidity. –7

Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Hermoso

Calm with the ball and passed with purpose. His distribution in the first half opened space for the attack to run right at the opposition’s defense. A prime example came on the first goal, when Hermoso broke Barcelona’s midfield line with a pass to an eager Félix. Defensively, the Spaniard stayed solid through most of the match, but had a giveaway that led to a Coutinho opportunity. –6

Carrasco

Bounded up the left side of the field, in search of a one-on-one duel with the ball at his feet. Couldn’t find a ton of success, but stretched the field well. –6

De Paul

Played hard in his 45 minutes but looked gassed as the first half whistle blew. Was on a yellow card, and subbed off for Kieran Trippier at halftime. –5

Koke

The captain distributed the ball to keep possession and quietly put in a solid defensive shift. Koke ended the match with four tackles and an interception. His work without the ball kept Atlético and in control of proceedings, even without the ball. –7

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Lemar

Knocked on Ter Stegen’s door early, with a cut inside and a shot that went just wide. Later in the first half, the France international made a deceptive run past the Barcelona backline and received the ball from Luis Suárez. With the ball at his feet, he made a tough finish look easy, sending his shot into the upper right corner on 23 minutes. His ball over the top to Suárez set up the second goal. In the second half, his defensive efforts helped keep players like Sergi Roberto in check. –8

Suárez

The former Barcelona man came into the match with revenge on his mind against his former team. His pass set up Lemar’s opener, and the midfielder’s long ball set up Suárez’s 44th minute goal. One-on-one with Ter Stegen, he waited slotted the ball into the bottom corner, doubling the lead. –8

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Joāo Félix

The Portuguese international could be seen dropping into open space between the backline and midfield to receive the ball. With the ball at his feet, his deft turns — including a particularly-impressive one on Ronald Araújo — presented time to assess and execute. Whether it be a dribble up the pitch or a pass to progress the play forward, Félix aided his team’s attack and helped set up both goals. –8

Subs:

Trippier

Came on for De Paul in the second half. He made a couple good long ball deliveries but failed to really get into the groove of the match. —5

Griezmann

Aggressive offensively after he replaced Suárez with 20 minutes to go. More than once, Griezmann received the ball and darted beyond a desperate Barcelona’s high line. His dribbles were promising, but his distribution missed the mark. —6

Correa

Replaced Joāo Félix with about 20 minutes left. Made good runs up the field on the counter, but couldn't create a chance once he had twirled into position. —5

Felipe

Replaced Hermoso. Couldn't make an impact with his limited time on the field. —N/A

Lodi

Replaced Carrasco. Couldn't make an impact with his limited time on the field. —N/A

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match against Barcelona:

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Suárez
    (168 votes)
  • 30%
    Lemar
    (201 votes)
  • 41%
    Félix
    (275 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (15 votes)
659 votes total Vote Now