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Player Ratings: Atlético fall to defeat in Mallorca

A second-half penalty decided the result.

RCD Mallorca v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Starting XI:


One smart save early in the second half denied Brian Oliván, but there was nothing he could do about Vedat Muriqi’s well-placed 68th-minute penalty. 5


His energy down the left was one of the major threats in the first half, despite still being some way off his best form. Carrasco was willing to take players on, but lacked the confidence that made him so hard to defend earlier in the season. Defensively he was sound and supported Reinildo well, but this was very much the performance of someone working their way back into the team after a spell on the sidelines. 6



Conceded the penalty, but the referee may have been more to blame than him for that one. In any case, he needs to be more cautious as it isn’t the first time that he has given a referee the opportunity to make a decision with a rash tackle. On Tuesday he was let down by one rash movement, on Saturday he’s been let down again by a rash stomp of the foot. 4


Solid again, Felipe looks far more assured than he did earlier in the season. There are still moments where he leaves a leg dangling, but in general Felipe was solid and handled the threat of Muriqi’s presence well. 6


Firm and reliable, Savić looked at ease, even when Marcos Llorente left him exposed at times. He had no problems handling this one and the threat Mallorca could pose, and his composure was clear. Unfortunately, the other side of the Atlético Madrid defence let him down. 6.5


The stand-out attacking danger in the first half, yet equally the stand-out defensive liability. His pace was one of the few outlets on the right flank, but he lacked the end product to create anything with the ball once he received it. He moved from right-back to midfield after the hour as Rodrigo De Paul was substituted and his influence waned from there on out. 5.5

RCD Mallorca v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

De Paul

He continues to baffle everyone who watches him. Somehow he seemed to fail to break up play whilst also putting the ball out of play with every attempted long-pass. It still feels as if De Paul hasn’t quite found his place in Atlético’s midfield, and games like this one that are all about grit and strength in the middle have failed to get the best out of him. 4


This game should have played right into his strengths, allowing him to boss the midfield. It did to some extent up until the goal, but it only served to highlight the lack of offensive ability in the France-born pivot’s game. He broke play up well, but couldn’t then create opportunities with it. Much like his two partners in midfield. The end result was that Atleti could control the game but could not create any threat. 5


This game was a midfield battle in the first half before Koke was taken off at half-time, and he did enough to keep Atleti treading water. Tidy in possession, without doing much to create a threat when he was on the ball, he was solid and reliable, if not particularly eye-catching. 4.5


Much was made of the effort he made against Manchester City at the Etihad in midweek, and his legs seemed to be feeling the after-effects of that runaround. He managed two attempts on goal from close range but neither threatened Sergio Rico. His link-up play left a little to be desired. 4



The Uruguayan cut a frustrated figure in attack. His movement can’t be criticised but he received very little service and he instead spent his time dedicated to battles with the Mallorca defence. He had one weak header directed at goal and won four of his five challenges, but lacked any real potency. 4



His energy was a stark contrast to Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suárez in the first half, but it unfortunately coincided with Llorente and Yannick Carrasco losing their spark down the flanks. 6


The game seemed to pass him by other than for one free-kick and the rebounded volley which came about when it hit the wall. He looked to transition the ball through dribbling, but too often ran himself into dead ends. 4


Booked within 30 seconds of coming on, the Croatian immediately looked more up for the fight than many of those who already had 60 minutes of action under their belts. He wasn’t exactly suited to the offensive side of chasing a result, which was needed after conceding. 5

RCD Mallorca v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images


He was forced to drop deep in an attempt to try and gain possession and have some kind of influence without any service to him in attack. Mallorca handled him well and looked to deny him space. He never quite got into the rhythm of the game, though he didn’t grow frustrated as he has in the past. 5


Introduced late on, the Brazilian found himself coming up against a very compact Mallorca defence and struggled to find a way through, limited even further by having Lemar operating in front of him on the left. 4.5