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Atlético Madrid player ratings at Barcelona

A goalless draw keeps the title race humming.

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Jan Oblak

An incredible save to deny Lionel Messi in the final minutes of a quiet first half as he turned the Argentine’s shot around the post. Saved another that was directly at him and claimed a Messi free-kick before that. Denied Barcelona’s captain again from a free-kick with a very good save in the second half. Safe hands all day long — 9.

Mario Hermoso

Under pressure early from Sergiño Dest. He did get forward on occasion and delivered a lovely cutback for Correa, who forced a block from Clement Lenglet. Mirrored that with a fine block of his own on an Ilaix Moriba shot from close range in the second half. More defending than he is used to this season, but did well when called upon — 8.

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Didn’t have much defending to do as most of the play went down the wings in the first half, but he blazed a shot over at the end of the half. Booked at the very beginning of the second half for a foul on Messi. More questions asked in the second half and he answered them, even if it wasn’t always comfortable — 7.

Stefan Savić

Solid at the back, as he has been all year. Trippier remained tucked in for most of the game, so Savić wasn’t as exposed as he normally is. But he made a couple important tackles and participated in the buildup, too — 7.

Kieran Trippier

Didn’t see as much of the play on the right as he might have liked in the first half, and that continued in the second half with Jordi Alba playing on the wing. Llorente rarely got a chance to break free, and that limited the Englishman’s options going forward — 7.

Yannick Carrasco

Cut a frustrated figure in the opening exchanges as Barcelona dominated possession and forced the Belgian to defend constantly. He did grow into it as Atlético Madrid improved, and he became a spark down the left for the league leaders. Atlético’s most likely source of a good chance, but his decision-making was poor at times when it mattered — 8.

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Played in central midfield and did a lot of work to stop Frenkie de Jong from being a factor at the start. Initiated Atlético’s press on the left of midfield and he, as always, covered a lot of ground. Booked for a tactical foul on Messi and tired late on, with Kondogbia introduced to alleviate the pressure on the captain — 8.

Marcos Llorente

Forced a save from Marc-André Ter Stegen after an unassuming opening half hour. Got up and running near the end of the half and had a couple of runs into enemy territory, but never got up to top speed — 6.

Thomas Lemar

Took a knock to the knee after 13 minutes in a challenge with Pedri and went down holding his leg. The French attacker had to be replaced as a result — N/A.

Ángel Correa

One of Atlético’s liveliest players in the opening half an hour despite Barcelona’s ball-hogging. Good effort blocked by Lenglet, and he linked play well. The Argentine was never going to have a bundle of chances, but did well with what he was given. A tough day at the office — 6.

Luis Suárez

Won an early free off his old teammate Gerard Piqué but hit the ensuing effort straight at Ter Stegen. Quiet in the first half, but provoked a couple set pieces and forced a good save from the German keeper later on at his near post. Blazed a shot wide to start the second half. One of those days for Suárez, when his smart thinking never paid off — 7.

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Saúl Ñíguez

Replaced Lemar after 13 minutes. Hauled down Messi and was booked, which was his first significant involvement. Fouled Griezmann in the second half and was on thin ice after that. Removed after 67 minutes as Diego Simeone tried to make Atlético more attacking — 5.

João Félix

Came on for the last 23 minutes after missing out on a starting place and entered with plenty of energy. Showed some intuition and looked bright, but he was not close enough to goal and lacked a bit of luck — 7.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Introduced after 72 minutes, for Correa. Drove forward a couple times and made his presence felt when he came on. Good challenge on Dembélé to deny him a goal from a free header and fouled Messi in dangerous territory shortly after, though the Argentine sent the free kick wide — 7.


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