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Atlético Madrid 0-1 Levante: Player Ratings

A dire performance and result against the worst team in LaLiga.

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Jan Oblak

A much-improved performance from the keeper as he tries to banish the ghosts of his poor form this season. Made an excellent save with his foot from Jorge De Frutos and looked commanding under the high ball. Helpless for Gonzalo Melero’s finish as he slammed home to give Levante the lead on 54 minutes — 6.

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Marcos Llorente

Subdued at right-back and given clear instructions only to go forward under certain circumstances. Spent the first hour defending but freed up when he moved up after Rodrigo De Paul’s exit. Still lacking the final product but his energy, at least, offers something to Atlético Madrid’s stuttering attack — 5.

Stefan Savić

Looked more comfortable in a back four. Solid on the night but — through no fault of his own — he is part of a defense that looks unsure and can’t play out from the back — 5.

Jose Giménez

Back after a stint in COVID-19 quarantine. Made a couple poor decisions in the first half and almost gifted Levante the first, but De Frutos couldn’t make him pay. He shushed the whistling support late in the second half, drawing more frustration from the fans and prompting a post-game apology — 4.

Reinildo

Continued his good start with Atlético with another productive day, though he was caught out for the goal as Melero snuck up on his blindside to score. That’s the second time in two games that has happened to Reinildo. Replaced as Diego Simeone changed structure late on — 5.

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Geoffrey Kondogbia

Drew the short straw as the midfield anchor and the man who joined Matheus Cunha and Ángel Correa when Atlético had to press Levante’s three central defenders. Lots of running but not much to show for his efforts in the first half. Thought he had a penalty when Óscar Duarte handled a shot from the midfielder, but an offside earlier in the play chalked it off. One of Atlético’s better performers, which isn’t saying much — 6.

Rodrigo De Paul

Booked early, which rules him out of the Osasuna game on Saturday. Lucky not to have been sent off for a similarly-forceful challenge shortly after. Had no meaningful impact on the game before he was subbed off after 65 minutes. One of his most dispiriting displays in a red and white shirt — 3.

Koke

Had Kondogbia beside him to add energy, but it seems pointless having a player who needs the ball to affect a game when you can’t keep the ball. A continuation of some really poor performances this season for a player who looks increasingly under pressure by the week — 4.

Thomas Lemar

Looks to be building a decent relationship with Reinildo on the left. His problem is that he is torn between defending adequately, pressing the centre-back, and protecting the centre. Looked to initiate counters and be the spark that Atlético lose when Yannick Carrasco is not available. Taken off after 65 minutes for João Félix — 5.

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Matheus Cunha

The definition of “putting himself about” in the first half, but fed off scraps. Atlético’s fear of being pressed and countered meant long, hopeful balls to Cunha, but he can only do so much with that boundless energy. He couldn’t get into it in the second half and was subbed off on 65 minutes — 5.

Ángel Correa

Does his best work in and around the box, but Atlético couldn’t get it into Levante’s often enough. He swiped at an effort that whizzed across goal, but missed the ball in the first half and did something similar late on. Lacked a connection with Cunha and it didn’t get much better as Atlético chased the game. Really nice finish in stoppage time, but a Giménez foul chalked that off too — 5.

Substitutions

Šime Vrsaljko

Looked positive and tried to assert himself in the game, but the situation was dire when he came on and got worse as the seconds ticked by. No real impact from the right-back.

João Félix

Not surprisingly, the Portuguese doesn’t do his best work with time running out and his team chasing the game and with no structure to their tactics. Part of a triple sub including Vrsaljko and Suárez and none of them could do much when introduced.

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Luis Suárez

Zero impact off the bench.

Renan Lodi

Came on for Reinildo with 13 minutes left as Simeone went to three at the back. Only attempted nine passes and struggled to involve himself once again.

Héctor Herrera

Introduced along with Lodi. Made little or no impact off the bench along with the other four substitutions.