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An Olivier Giroud goal sees Atlético face an uphill battle to remain in the Champions League.

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Jan Oblak

Saved well from Timo Werner as the German stung his palms with a shot. Pressed on a couple of occasions and didn’t look entirely comfortable. He couldn’t really do much for the goal. Rejected Werner late on with a shot that he turned around the post — 6.

Marcos Llorente

Played at right wing-back as we have become accustomed to seeing. The Spaniard gave Marcos Alonso plenty to think about when he moved forward, but it wasn’t frequent enough. Booked for a silly foul on Werner that was of his own making and seemed to unravel a bit from there. Felt caught between being an impetus in attack and defending a very dangerous Chelsea attack — 5.

Stefan Savić

Werner turned him around in the first half and Savić struggled against the forward on a few occasions. He held his own though and is a rock at the back for Atlético Madrid. He can only do so much though, the defense faced too much pressure in the end and something had to give — 6.

Felipe

The Brazilian made a number of important defensive stops in the second half but was helpless for Olivier’s Giroud’s 68th-minute, VAR-approved goal as the ball was whipped in and popped into the air for the striker to finish. Proved a solid replacement for José Giménez — 6.

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Mario Hermoso

Aggressive and keen to get on the ball and create something from the back. Pinned back as he covered for Thomas Lemar, who isn’t a wing-back. Clumsy for the goal, as he scooped the ball backwards and into Giroud’s path — 5.

Koke

Pressed like a madman in an effort to make sure Chelsea didn’t gain superiority in the middle, or have a chance to build in dangerous areas. Worked tirelessly, and one of his more athletic endeavours in recent times. His work led to little, however, and his ob-ball participation was lacking — 6.

Saúl Ñíguez

One of his better games for Atlético, and looked like the hungry, confident player he used to be. Loads of energy alongside Koke but forced to sit and defend for long spells. Hard to know what his best position is anymore, and while he nearly stole in to rob the ball off goalkeeper Édouard Mendy’s foot early, he didn’t appear in attack much after that — 5.

Thomas Lemar

Did well going forward but is not a wing-back and suffered at times against Callum Hudson-Odoi. Unthinkable to see such a performance last season. He ran himself ragged and tried to influence attack while remaining as diligent (as possible) in defence throughout. Deserved more for his effort — 6.

Ángel Correa

Played Suárez through after the Uruguayan overplayed a through ball to the Argentine. Worked hard, but this was another game that passed him by. Questions need to be asked about his fit for a role off the wing, as he doesn’t influence play from there — 5.

João Félix

Looked very bright on the ball, but Atlético sometimes don’t look for him enough and he tends to drift in and out of games. The Portuguese started a couple good attacks down the left but struggled to find an end product. Another disappointing, frustrating night for Atletico’s record signing — 4.

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Luis Suárez

Very typical game from Suárez, and he brought teammates into the game well. Lacked the rub of the green in front of goal, with a few mishits. Fought until the end, but delivery was poor and Chelsea handled him well — 6.

Substitutes

Lucas Torreira (for Saúl), Moussa Dembélé (Correa), Vitolo (Hermoso), Renan Lodi (Félix)

Four subs brought on after 80 minutes. None made an impact. Dembélé was booked for a lunge to stop a counter. Aside from that, no make or shape to the subs and Atlético’s formation once the changes were made.