Atletico Madrid suffered a European hangover, trying impotent and torpid as they performed out a goalless bore draw with native rivals Leganes on Saturday night time.
A much-changed Atleti lineup, with a number of gamers out of place, raised a couple of eyebrows pre-kickoff, and the in-game administration did little to assist that. Reality be advised, Los Rojiblancos by no means seemed like scoring, and Jan Oblak saved their blushes in a tepid show.
To not fear, simply undefeated Barcelona to return after the worldwide break. Gulp.
Oblak might be one of the best goalkeeper in world soccer proper now. This was one other night time on which he can maintain his head excessive.
The very fact your goalkeeper is your greatest participant towards a aspect you must simply beat is rarely an excellent signal. No leading edge, no actual sense of urgency and no risk in any way regardless of having fun with many of the possession for Los Colchoneros. Admittedly, the gamers appeared perplexed by their tactical setup. An evening to neglect.
Supervisor score out of 10
three — Diego Simeone bought all the pieces flawed from begin to end. He arrange cautiously, and his in-game substitutions have been completely weird, to place it mildly. A chastening week for the Argentine.
Participant scores (1-10; 10=greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Jan Oblak, eight — Three fantastic second-half saves stopped this from being an embarrassing defeat.
DF Jose Maria Gimenez, 6 — A good sufficient right-back in video games when you find yourself up towards it and want the additional aerial presence. Nevertheless, in matches the place you benefit from the lion’s share of the ball and want to interrupt down a low block, he’s very a lot not the person to play at full-back, given he’s a centre-back not identified for his means on the ball.
DF Stefan Savic, 6 — Gave the impression to be decided to clear the stands with each clearance he made. No nonsense, if at occasions uncomposed, show from the Montenegrin.
DF Diego Godin, 6 — Went shut with a header late on and the aspect solely seemed reasonably threatening as soon as he went and performed up entrance for the ultimate 10 — however that isn’t his job.
DF Saul Niguez, 5 — Once more. When you’ll want to break down a low block, why play your greatest goal-scoring midfielder out of place in defence? Weird from the boss.
MF Koke, 5 — Patchy. His early season type seems lengthy gone. Couldn’t appear to get a nook to beat the primary man and seemed shattered by the tip of the sport as he made flawed determination after flawed determination.
MF Thomas Partey, 5 — Obtained caught in as issues bought feisty in midfield, however does he have sufficient on-ball high quality to play on this aspect, particularly towards a resilient opposition?
MF Gabi, 6 — Shielded the again 4, however given the circumstances of the sport that was not what was wanted. One other unusual determination from the boss as he left each holding midfielders on for the complete 90 minutes.
MF Angel Correa, 5 — Taken out from the putting position he has seemed so harmful in latest weeks and didn’t look snug. Misplaced possession a few occasions and is far more snug farther ahead. Subbed.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 5 — As soon as once more was largely on the periphery and has not been nice as of late. One menacing run — on which he was crudely hauled down — apart, he didn’t appear like threatening in any respect. Withdrawn to the shock of many, however frankly his efficiency deserved it.
FW Luciano Vietto, 2 — Have to be doing one thing proper in coaching as a result of in matches he definitely isn’t. Must be binned.
MF Yannick Carrasco, 5 — Was direct sufficient, however there was little to no finish product. Not helped by an absence of motion round him up high.
FW Fernando Torres, 5 — Headed over from an honest place late on. Did little else.
DF Sime Vrsaljko, four — Introduced on for Griezmann, which was an odd change. As well, he was out of place at left-back and didn’t look snug. Booked for a cynical foul.
Joseph Walker covers Atletico Madrid for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @Joe_in_espana.