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Atlético gave themselves some much-needed breathing room in the title race with a crushing win over Eibar.

Atletico de Madrid v SD Eibar - La Liga Santander Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Jan Oblak

Eibar rarely tested him. They had no shots on target. After those first two goals went in, Oblak had even less hassle from the visitors, who struggled to manufacture anything in attack. He’ll be glad off the quiet afternoon — 7.

Kieran Trippier

The right-back benefited from having Marcos Llorente back on his side of the field. Switched to right-back from wingback with the change in system and looked good with Llorente ahead of him. The England defender remains a vital cog in Diego Simeone’s side — 8.

José Giménez

Kike tested him time and time again as they engaged in an ongoing battle. The Uruguayan was up for the challenge despite the wily veteran winning a couple frees off him — 7.

Stefan Savić

Comfortable afternoon for Savić — for a change. Giménez picked up the problematic Kike and Savić had Trippier closer to him, which meant he wasn’t as exposed. Once Atlético Madrid scored at the end of the first half, Eibar’s heads dropped and Savić breathed a sigh of relief — 7.

Renan Lodi

Heavily involved early in a rare starting opportunity. Looked rusty and erratic at times but got enough of the ball to cause problems for Unai Dufur. Looks more comfortable as a full-back than he does as a wingback and landed a pre-assist on either side of halftime — 7.

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Yannick Carrasco

Stung Marko Dmitrović’s hands in the first half but he had a quiet first 45. Tucked into the middle, in Thomas Lemar’s normal role, with Lodi playing as a traditional attacking left-back. The Belgian looked sharp when he did get the chance to attack. Took his 49th minute goal very well as he broke clear of Eibar’s defenders and slid the ball into an open net. Made way after 70 minutes and an impressive display, which also an included an assist on Atlético’s fourth goal — 8.

Héctor Herrera

A sloppy opening half, though played some nice passes forward. Caught Kike with an elbow and was lucky to get away without a booking. He’s as capable of making a mistake as he is of splitting the defense with a pass when the ball is at his feet, but his presence frees Koke and Saúl — 7.

Koke

Not as much work to do with Herrera beside him to share the load. They played in a double pivot, and Simeone gave his captain a rest after an hour with Atlético four goals up — 7.

Saúl Ñíguez

Lovely ball onto Carrasco’s foot for the third goal and the one that essentially wrapped up the game. Played another long ball to Lodi to help create the fourth goal. Pressed high and played in an attacking central midfield role with Llorente playing as the second striker. Assumed more control when Koke and Herrera went off. Hard-working performance — 7.

Marcos Llorente

Linked well with Trippier and offered his usual dose of energy and line-shifting runs. Drove a good chance over after Carrasco forced a save from Dmitrović when he might have taken it down and picked his spot. He scored two after the relegation-threatened side collapsed, one which Ángel Correa set up on 53 minutes and another on 68 minutes, a left-footed snapshot tucked inside the far post — 9.

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

Ángel Correa

Played as a more-central striker than he is normally accustomed to. A little lost early as he got used to the new role, but took his chances as half-time approached to prod Atlético into the 42nd minute lead from Herrera’s knockdown. Just 114 seconds later, he scored again, and this finish was much better. He spun away from Anaitz Arbilla and slotted home to round off a team move. Not an outstanding display, but grabbed two vital goals at a crucial time — 9.

Substitutes

Moussa Dembélé

Replaced Correa after an hour. The French attacker has struggled with fitness and some misfortune since joining Atlético in January. Not really needed or used very often with Atlético comfortable by the time he was introduced. Some nice touches and hold-up play.

Vitolo

A rare chance for the forgotten attacker. He replaced Koke after an hour. He started on the right and then moved left, but Atlético were holding the ball by the time he came on and his incisive running was not needed. This was his 100th Atlético appearance.

Lucas Torreira

Came in for Carrasco after 70 minutes. Sat beside Kondogbia at the base of midfield and squeezed Eibar’s ball carriers when able.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Replaced Herrera after 70 minutes with Simeone emptying the bench to rest players. Played as the deepest midfielder with Torreira often beside him.

Felipe

Replaced Savić after 74 minutes. Atlético were comfortable when he came on and it was simply an exercise in game-management at 5-0.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match versus Eibar:

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  • 46%
    Llorente
    (117 votes)
  • 8%
    Carrasco
    (21 votes)
  • 40%
    Correa
    (101 votes)
  • 4%
    Lodi
    (12 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now