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A nervous but important three points for Atlético after a disappointing result at the weekend.

Atletico de Madrid v Athletic Club - La Liga Santander Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Jan Oblak

No hope for the goal as Iker Muniain scuffed it off his shin on 21 minutes. The Slovneian was commanding in the box and wasn’t tested until a header late in the game, but it was straight at him. Brave to punch a free-kick clear in added time, disappointing to concede again — 6.

Kieran Trippier

Looked rusty at times in the first half and had his hands full with Muniain. A couple miscues from Oblak passes but made a number of important defensive interventions in the second half. Atlético Madrid look more balanced with the Englishman in the side — 8.

Atletico de Madrid v Athletic Club - La Liga Santander Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Stefan Savić

Has a good rapport with Trippier, and the pair work well together. Enjoyed the rough and tumble with Raúl García but struggled at times to keep tabs on Iñaki Williams. Conceded a silly free late on that might have caused problems when he clattered into Unai Núñez — 6.

Felipe

Took him a while to get to grips with a lively Iñaki. Booked and will miss the Getafe game. A relatively quiet night for the Brazilian — 6.

Mario Hermoso

Covered well for an attacking Carrasco. Moved into midfield to help Koke in buildup. Dominant defensively and kept Berenguer quiet. Hermoso essentially plays as a centre-back and full-back, given Carrasco’s attacks — 7.

Yannick Carrasco

Another rampaging display down the left. The Belgian wasn’t very productive but was a constant outlet on the break and he had a couple of good chances, including one he should have converted from a Suárez cross. If he could convert those chances, he’d be the best wing-back in Europe — 7.

Koke

Played at the base of midfield and was left chasing shadows as Athletic Club passed the ball well in the middle, especially in the first half. Struggled to gain influence in the middle against a good Athletic press, but organised well, covered lots of ground and always offered himself as an option for teammates looking to pass out from the back. Relentless — 7.

Atletico de Madrid v Athletic Club - La Liga Santander Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Thomas Lemar

Delivered a lovely ball onto Llorente’s head for the equaliser. He does a lot of defensive work, but he still has a nose for an assist. Remains a key part of this team for his work rate and ability to play in transition. Lasted 66 minutes before being replaced — 7.

Marcos Llorente

Struggled to find his groove in the first half but came good in stoppage time with a header beyond Unai Simón. Kept fighting and ended up with a nice assist for Suárez to win the penalty. Even more liberated since Trippier’s return — 8.

João Félix

Started on the right, tucked behind Suárez but drifted centrally and then to the left. Made a nuisance of himself as Athletic tried to get back into the game, but needs to do more. Camped in the left half-space in the second half, he has to find ways to contribute even if the tactics don’t always suit him and his confidence is low — 6.

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Luis Suárez

Another one of those games where he was disconnected from the attacking midfield, but a nice turn on Núñez provoked a penalty he slotted home to make it 2-1. Torreira replaced him with 18 minutes remaining following a relatively quiet but effective performance — 8.

Substitutes

Saúl Ñíguez

Came on after 67 minutes as Simeone looked to kill the game. More of a destroyer than anything in this role — 6.

Ángel Correa

Part of the double sub that saw Lemar and Félix come off. Provided loads of energy off the bench. Created a nice chance for Llorente, which should have resulted in more than a blocked Koke shot. Looked sharp and caused plenty of problems for the visitors — 8.

Lucas Torreira

Came on for Suárez as Simeone really doubled down on his defensive tactics to end the game — N/A.

Renan Lodi

Came on very late for Carrasco and was booked — N/A.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Replaced Llorente late on — N/A.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match versus Athletic:

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Suárez
    (28 votes)
  • 71%
    Llorente
    (157 votes)
  • 8%
    Lemar
    (18 votes)
  • 7%
    Trippier
    (16 votes)
219 votes total Vote Now