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Real Sociedad 1-2 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Atletico end the season strongly and finish one point ahead of Sevilla.

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Atlético Madrid’s star goalkeeper ended his worst season at the club with 43 goals conceded, including a 92nd-minute Jon Guridi header at the end of Sunday’s game. The Slovenian stood tall when his services were required in the first half, when he shut down goal-scoring chances from Rafinha and Alexander Sørloth. 5.5


Still not a right-back, but he gave it all he had to masquerade as one, putting in some sound defensive work and bounding into space on the right when able. He will relish the opportunity to play in front of a new right-back next season. 5.5


A surprise selection to start, and a curious one considering how poorly his previous game at Reale Arena went. But the Brazilian played a near-perfect game on Sunday, making seven clearances and using his pace to keep Alexander Isak from darting in behind him. However, Felipe gave away the free kick that resulted in Guridi’s late consolation goal. 8

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Played poorly in the first half, capping it with a horrible giveaway that Rafinha somehow sent wide of Jan Oblak. Cleaned up well in the second half. 6


Struggled with Sørloth’s size and speed in the first half and was uncomfortable with the ball at his feet (58 percent passing accuracy). But the Mozambican was excellent positionally after halftime, offering security for Yannick Carrasco on the left and ending his first half-season at Atlético in solid fashion. Reinildo was absolutely crucial to Atleti’s third-place finish. 7


Picked up an assist on Ángel Correa’s 69th-minute goal with a clever lay-off in the penalty area. The 30-year-old had a tough season and stands to benefit massively if Atlético reinforce the midfield this summer. 7


Lost his footing several times on a wet evening at Reale Arena, but his press resistance (drew three fouls) and reading of the game balanced out the midfield, helping to slow down La Real’s attack in the second half. 6.5

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De Paul

Reduced to defensive work in the first half, but he came to life in the second half with a 51st-minute golazo, where he took up an Antoine Griezmann pass and hit a laser of a shot beyond Álex Remiro’s reach. De Paul’s promising end to the season should offer hope that he will produce an outstanding 2022/23 campaign. 8


Targeted with kicks and shoves throughout and finished without a shot attempt. But the Belgian eventually overcame Andoni Gorosabel’s tough defending to glide into dangerous positions in the final third, and his understanding with Reinildo offers promise. There is no other player in Diego Simeone’s squad who can replicate what Carrasco offers on an individual level. 6.5


Picked his moments again, and he picked them well. Griezmann set up Rodrigo de Paul’s thunderbolt of an opening goal and tracked back dutifully even in the game’s latter stages. Simeone values the Frenchman immensely, even though he ended the season on a five-month goal drought (and blew a point-blank chance in the second half on Sunday). Griezmann’s role next season will be prominent, either in midfield or on the forward line. 7

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Uninvolved and unsupported in the first half, registering only 16 touches in the first 45 minutes. The Brazilian smacked the crossbar moments into the second half, but he was hooked for the more-effective Correa just after the hour. 4.5


Replaced Cunha on 63 minutes. Scored the eventual winning goal around five minutes later with a neat, arrowed finish — and he ends the season as Atlético’s top scorer in the league with 12 goals. 7


Replaced Griezmann in the 86th minute. Not enough time to get involved in his final Atlético appearance. N/A


Replaced de Paul in the 86th minute. Originally thought to be out for the season after sustaining a muscle injury. Good to see him get some minutes in the finale. N/A


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