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Atlético de Madrid 2-0 Valencia CF: Player Ratings

A dominant win at home as Atlético return to the top four.

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Had the occasional clearance or parry to make but will have been delighted to keep a third consecutive clean sheet. 5


The wing-back (and ex-Valencia player) found plenty of space on the flank to take advantage of, as Valencia left space in behind throughout the first half. He found himself with an open lane to goal in added time. Timing the bounce from Antoine Griezmann’s pass, the Brazilian slotted his shot past Giorgi Mamardashvili in the fifth minute of stoppage time. 8

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Back in the lineup for the first time in 337 days. Made an instant impact in solidifying Atletico Madrid’s defense, making seven clearances and six ball recoveries. He really is like a new signing. 5.5


Made some needed challenges in the back. Picked up a first-half knock but decided to continue on until his substitution for Axel Witsel. 5


Had a thumping header saved by Mamardashvili in the second half. Ended the match with two clearances. 5


Had room to stretch his legs and move forward. Could have had an easy assist in the opening minutes but failed to find Lino in the box. Continued to have time on the ball as the match went on. Sent in a quick cross to Memphis, who doubled the lead for Diego Simeone’s men with a flying header. 7


Found success turning with the ball and then dribbling with pace and a level of composure that allowed him to pick out players with his passing. Connected with Koke and Lino via the occasional overlapping run. 6.5


Pulled the strings with accurate passing and excellent defensive work to maintain the midfield’s shape. The captain made his largest impact in the buildup to Memphis’ goal, as he neatly popped the ball over to Molina to spark the move. 7.5

De Paul

Aggressive and direct on the ball, always looking to put his passes in the vicinity of an attacker, which resulted in the Argentine logging three key passes. 4.5


Assisted Lino on the game’s opening goal for the game with a pinpoint pass over the top after Valencia went to sleep from a throw-in. Continued to drop back and receive the ball as the match continued. 4


Wasn’t his cleanest performance — the touch remains a little leaden, the movement a little awkward. But three minutes before the hour, Memphis grabbed his third goal of the season with a diving header off Nahuel Molina’s cross. The Dutchman’s fitness — especially if Álvaro Morata misses any time with a hamstring injury — is absolutely vital to Atlético’s success this season. He’s slowly getting there. 4.5



Replaced Giménez with just over half an hour remaining. Got a little rest to start the game, as accurate on the ball and as assured in defense as we’ve come to expect once he entered the match. f5


Spent most of his time tracking back and using his energy to pressure the opposition on the ball. 5


On for Lino, the academy product didn’t have much opportunity to grab a goal of his own as Valencia sought a consolation goal. 5


Couldn’t find any chances on net after coming on for Memphis. Ended the game with hamstring discomfort. 5


Was carded for a foul just a few minutes into his appearance. Couldn’t do much in his limited time on the pitch. 5


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