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Atlético Madrid 0-0 Granada CF: Player Ratings

Undermanned Atlético’s place in LaLiga’s top four remains imperiled after a punishing 90 minutes in the Metropolitano.

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Rarely challenged. Won’t have many easier clean sheets than this, but that’s not the point, is it? 7


Passed crisply (92 percent) and again showcased premium defensive instincts and strength. He also nearly got himself shown a second yellow card after a collision with Quini, so Diego Simeone chose to remove him at the intermission. 6.5

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Made his first start since Feb. 6 as the most central of the three center-backs. Did very well for himself in Felipe’s absence, completing 86 percent of his passes and winning eight headers. Probably the only Atlético Madrid player (other than Serrano) who can walk away feeling good about his performance. 7.5


Booked for a rash challenge late in the first half and will miss the upcoming trip to San Mamés in 10 days’ time due to yellow card accumulation. Unsteady playing the ball out of defense, but strong while off the ball, winning five headers and four interceptions. His 88th-minute header from Rodrigo De Paul’s corner didn’t miss by much. 6.5


Good showing defensively, once more anonymous offensively despite his reliably-accurate short passing in the attacking third. Not fair to him to continue asking him to do a job at right-wingback. 5

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Easy choice to start after his match-winning display against Espanyol last weekend. Showed a good connection with Reinildo overlapping, but his final ball was lacking in the early stages. Occasionally dazzled with his footwork and ball control, yet he couldn’t land a single shot on target or make decisions that best benefitted the team. 6


Strong first half, able to make supporting runs toward the penalty area with a frequency that has not often been seen this season. The captain completed 43 of his 47 passes to lead all players during that first 45, but his passing isn’t nearly dynamic or progressive enough to unlock a bunkered defense. 5.5


Cracked the starting 11 for the first time in LaLiga — a rarity for a homegrown Atlético player in recent years. Made only one real mistake in the first half — a blind back-pass in his defensive third — but otherwise looked nothing like a “weak link” or a 19-year-old debuting as a starter. He completed 81 percent of his passes and won four aerial duels. 6.5

De Paul

Embarked on a number of impressive-looking runs down the right side in the first half that went nowhere. Set-piece deliveries not good enough, either. 4

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The team’s driving force early on, floating around the middle or on the left and looking to beat defenders. Could have (and maybe should have) won a penalty after Granada captain Víctor Díaz drilled a hole into his boot trying to win the ball 12 yards out, but referee Gil Manzano was unmoved. Lashed a shot wide at the start of the second half, the closest he came to making an impact. 5


Seemed on a different wavelength from his teammates in the first 45 minutes, perhaps conditioned by his recent spell out of the 11. Griezmann and Correa alike opted to play the line-breaking through ball when the quicker short pass would have been the better choice. 4


Replaced Serrano at halftime. Too sloppy with the ball at his feet. Much-better suited to being a right-sided central defender at this point in his career. 4.5


Replaced Reinildo at halftime. Looked for quick lay-offs in transition to bring teammates into the game and uncorked three shots himself. Should have done significantly better with his 92nd-minute free kick. 5

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Replaced Correa in the 65th minute. Couldn’t find space or establish a connection with Carrasco, who dictated proceedings as the game wore on. 4


Replaced Griezmann in the 70th minute. His first involvement won Atlético a corner, but he was unable to stretch Granada’s packed defense. The Brazil international smacked the post in the 89th minute. 5

Giuliano Simeone

Replaced Llorente in the 90th minute, making his first-team debut. Cholo’s son won a free kick chasing after a long ball, but Luis Suárez fired the subsequent effort into the wall. N/A