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CA Osasuna 0-1 Atlético de Madrid: Player Ratings

An unlikely hero popped up to give Atlético three big points.

CA Osasuna v Atletico de Madrid - LaLiga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Starting XI:


The Atlético Madrid keeper was quick to come off his line and scooped up a number of long over-the-top passes. He looked more confident on the ball, mostly opting to clear it when given the chance. But he made three big saves in the match, including one at the very end on a spinning Jon Moncayola shot, that helped Atlético earn the clean sheet. 7.5


Osasuna opted to attack through the flanks in response to Atlético’s narrow 4-4-2 formation, meaning Reinildo had multiple run-ins with the likes of Rubén García and Chimy Ávila. The Mozambican came up with multiple crunching tackles and important blocks, his defensive work greatly aiding Atleti’s ability to hold on to the three points at El Sadar. 7


Caught out of position a couple times in the first half, giving Osasuna some space to run in behind. But he was able to help weather the second half storm, and a super pass under pressure began the sequence that led to Saúl’s goal. 5


Had a first-half header that looked promising but ended up off-target from a set piece. Defensively, Giménez helped with multiple interceptions and a team-high five clearances. 5.5


A busy night for the Argentine at the back. He looked to press up the field, but he was beaten easily on the right multiple times in the first half. Was slightly fortunate not to allow a goal from his side. 4


Floated inside to receive the ball and distribute. Kept possession but couldn’t create any real opportunities. Was subbed off for Carrasco at halftime. 4

CA Osasuna v Atletico de Madrid - LaLiga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

De Paul

One of his best performances in an Atlético shirt. Put in a lot of effort defensively, frequently going in for a hard tackle. In attack, he looked to take on a leading role from midfield and looked to link up with Antoine Griezmann in the final third. In the 74th minute, the World Cup winner found a sprinting Saúl to assist the only goal on the night. 7


Did a tremendous amount of running on his 400th league appearance and completed better than 90 percent of his passes. 6


The 19-year-old continues to grow with more minutes. This was not the easiest game for him, but he drew three fouls prior to his substitution even if he had trouble adding to the attack beyond that. 4.5


The main offensive spark. The Frenchman attempted a game-high six shots but is lacking the definition to finish off these chances. But he is a vital player because his game is so complete otherwise — dribbling, passing, defensive contribution, you name it. 6.5


Had some bright moments early on, getting in behind through deft runs into the box. But he failed to create any scoring opportunities before being subbed off. 4.5



Added some width to the game. The Belgian could be seen receiving out wide and then cutting inside to drive at the defense. Álvaro Morata tried to tee him up late on but the pair had a miscommunication in the Osasuna penalty area. 5


Scored the winner, his first Atlético goal in nearly two years. He turned a long, darting run into space into a calm finish out of Aitor Fernández’s reach. Did a great job to chest down and control the long pass from de Paul. 7


Sought out chances and got one in the box late on from a promising Griezmann pass. The striker didn’t score, but his presence was essential as a reference point along the forward line. 5


Offered a physical presence as Atlético sat deep and tried to protect the lead. 5


Came on in the final minutes of the game. Couldn’t do too much in such limited time. N/A


Mattress Maker of the Match at Osasuna:

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    De Paul
    (74 votes)
  • 18%
    (26 votes)
  • 21%
    (29 votes)
  • 6%
    (9 votes)
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