Atletico Madrid confirmed the grit and resolve of outdated as they battled again to safe a 2-1 house win over Actual Sociedad on Saturday.
A breakneck first interval within the freezing Spanish capital noticed Atleti’s protection overrun by the Basque outfit’s rampant attacking fashion, and reality be informed Los Rojiblancos have been lucky to only be 1-Zero down on the break, regardless of spurning plenty of probabilities themselves.
After the break, nevertheless, it was a special story. Diego Simeone clearly learn the riot act, they usually huffed, puffed and eventually blew the home down by way of Filipe Luis’ effort.
Antoine Griezmann then secured all three factors late on to make sure Atletico remained unbeaten and closed the hole on second-placed Valencia to only a level for now.
The battling efficiency after the break was way more prefer it. Whisper it quietly however they lastly take a look at house on the Wanda. Griezmann the match winner has returned.
The way in which La Actual ran by the Atleti midfield and induced carnage going ahead within the first 45 was worrying.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — See above negatives. Picked the flawed setup towards that opposition however corrected it in the course of the interval.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Jan Oblak, 5 — Had a weird sport. Flapped at a nook and acquired away with it early on, however then rushed out and acquired nowhere close to the ball and conceded a pointless penalty. A few furry moments after the break didn’t assist. Having been so constant for therefore lengthy, he’s allowed considered one of these afternoons, although.
DF Thomas Partey, 6 — Continues to fill in admirably out of place, however up towards good opposition he acquired discovered a bit early on. Virtually value his aspect a objective with a woeful move throughout the sting of his personal field however improved after that and was regular defensively.
DF Jose Maria Gimenez, 7 — Again within the aspect and never earlier than time. Appeared sturdier than his associate and made a few essential blocks when his aspect have been up towards it.
DF Diego Godin, 6 — Appeared nervous as he has carried out all season and a few weeks break has not modified a lot. Barely worrying for the boss.
DF Filipe Luis, 9 — Made a vital last-ditch block at Zero-Zero to maintain the rating degree, whereas confirmed composure his attacking teammates may have solely dreamed of when levelling the scores. Strong in defence and a potent weapon going ahead.
MF Koke, 7 — Sensible ball to Saul within the construct as much as the winner. Not his greatest day on the workplace, however that was a second of actual magic.
MF Gabi, 7 — Was typically overrun towards La Actual’s excessive, intense press, nevertheless by no means sharked duty. Specifically he produced a tremendous restoration sort out on the break on Mikel Oyarzabal as he seemed set to attain.
MF Saul Niguez, eight — Two good assists. The primary was all about his directness and presence of thoughts to choose a teammate, whereas the second showcased his aerial means.
MF Angel Correa, three — An utter shocker. Missed two one-on-ones within the first half earlier than skying over an open objective after the break along with his aspect 1-Zero down. A type of days that fortunately didn’t value the aspect.
FW Antoine Griezmann, eight — Was presumably probably the most pissed off participant on the pitch earlier than his objective, having missed three or 4 good probabilities. But he confirmed nice bravery to slip in and pressure the ball over the road towards his former membership and show he’s nonetheless this aspect’s match winner.
FW Kevin Gameiro, 6 — Tousled a one-on-one with the rating at Zero-Zero however linked effectively with Griezmann whereas he was on.
Fernando Torres (for Gameiro), N/R — Ran round however didn’t do something of word.
Yannick Carrasco (for Correa), N/R — Put Correa out of his distress. Somebody needed to. Whipped in a superb ball that Griezmann nearly scored from.
Augusto Fernandez (for Griezmann), N/R — On in stoppage time to assist see the win out.
Joseph Walker covers Atletico Madrid for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @Joe_in_espana.