First half targets from Thomas Lemar and Luis Suarez gave Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over Barcelona on Saturday night time, as Los Rojiblancos transfer as much as second in La Liga.
The guests settled into the sport rapidly, boasting the lion’s share of possession within the early phases. It was Diego Simeone’s facet, nevertheless, that broke the impasse with a razor sharp transfer within the twenty fourth minute. Joao Felix opened up the pitch with a shocking contact earlier than discovering Luis Suarez, who in flip performed by means of Thomas Lemar to fireplace previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The lead was doubled getting ready to half-time by Suarez himself, bagging his first objective towards his former employers. Following a breakaway transfer, Lemar performed a measured ball into the trail of the Uruguayan, who confirmed excellent composure to take his time earlier than clinically discovering the underside nook.
A change of system helped La Blaugrana look brighter and extra inventive after the interval, though a composed and mature Atleti facet have been greater than snug to stay agency and see out a well-earned 2-0 victory. The win strikes the hosts as much as second within the La Liga desk, whereas Barcelona sit ninth having suffered their first league defeat of the season.
Jan Oblak (GK) – 7/10 – This man will actually have you ever bodily asking the query ‘how did he try this?’ Yet one more ridiculous save to maintain Philippe Coutinho out on 60 minutes however, in any other case, hardly ever troubled.
Stefan Savic (CB) – 8/10 – Calm and picked up within the face of hazard, studying the sport properly all through to make seven ball recoveries.
Jose Gimenez (CB) – 8/10 – Remained alert and powerful, protecting his colleagues properly to make three tackles, and positioned himself cleverly to register 9 clearances.
Mario Hermoso (CB) – 5/10 – Caught out a number of instances, usually making rash choices together with his urgent and tackling. Additionally pretty imprecise together with his ball distribution, decisively proving the weakest hyperlink within the backline on the night time.
Marcos Llorente (RWB) – 6/10 – Sometimes prepared to dash wherever and in all places though had extra affect from a central place after half time.
Rodrigo De Paul (CM) – 6/10 – A stable however unremarkable outing, retaining issues tight within the centre however hardly ever threatening so as to add any spark to proceedings. Taken off at half time, wanting exhausted.
Koke (CM) – 7/10 – Damaging on the coronary heart of midfield, working tirelessly to cowl floor and stifle any inventive hazard from Barcelona, ultimately making 5 ball recoveries.
Thomas Lemar (CM) – 9/10 – Essential in placing the guests to the sword, surging ahead so as to add a physique in assault as Felix pulled defenders out of place. Made his clever show rely by, firstly, emphatically ending to open the scoring and, secondly, offering an excellent help for his facet’s second.
Yannick Carrasco (LWB) – 5/10 – Wasn’t allowed to have a lot pleasure within the ultimate third. A reasonably quiet night time for the Belgian.
Joao Felix (ST) – 8/10 – Wow. What a primary half. Clever together with his untraceable motion, mesmerising together with his untouchable dribbling, awe-inspiring together with his creativity and completely central to Atleti’s attacking play. The inventive supply of each targets.
Luis Suarez (ST) – 8/10 – Glorious at linking play with colleagues, notably grabbing a neat help for Lemar’s opener and was as scientific as anticipated to double the lead earlier than the interval.
Kieran Trippier (RWB) – 6/10 – Unforgiving together with his tackling – at all times enjoyable to see as a impartial.
Angel Correa (ST) – 6/10
Antoine Griezmann (ST) – 6/10
Renan Lodi (LWB) – 6/10
Felipe (CB) – 6/10
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – 6/10 – Wasn’t given a lot probability of stopping both strike and proved dependable in any other case.
Oscar Mingueza (RB) – 6/10 – Agency on the again, defending very properly to stifle the progress of Carrasco however merely failed so as to add any high quality when on the entrance foot.
Ronald Araujo (CB) – 3/10 – Given absolutely the run-around by the the hosts’ entrance line, leaving acres of house behind him with expensive penalties.
Gerard Pique (CB) – 6/10 – Robust and fast to cowl for his full-back, placing in a few tasty tackles.
Sergino Dest (LB) – 4/10 – Clearly nobody has let him know he can really go on the surface of his full-back but. So predictable.
Frenkie de Jong (RM) – 6/10 – A category act when he is on-song. Moved the opposition round with some intelligent motion and regarded masterful when in possession, turning sharply and dictating the tempo with delicate but such efficient feints. Sadly, his track was enjoying too sporadically to make an actual affect towards Atletico, proving comparatively quiet for almost all.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – 6/10 – Distributed the ball properly, sometimes discovering some superbly weighted passes that reduce by means of the hosts’ traces. Defended valiantly towards such dynamic opposition, too, making 4 ball recoveries.
Nico Gonzalez (CM) – 4/10 – An excellent bodily presence however confirmed his immaturity, usually discovering himself fallacious facet – together with for the opening objective – and committing useless fouls with out having the ability to shield his again 4. Hooked off on the break.
Gavi (LM) – 6/10 – Like watching a mini Pedri – if that is doable. Tenacious, fast of thoughts and foot, vivid and persistently forward-thinking. Determined to make issues occur, however did not muster the tip product to take action.
Philippe Coutinho (ST) – 5/10 – Utterly ineffective within the first half however was a lot brighter when moved out to the left after the break. Artistic and difficult from broad however ought to have scored on the hour mark.
Memphis Depay (ST) – 6/10 – Gave greater than his all to encourage his facet to a consequence, however it wasn’t sufficient. Was concerned in play everywhere in the subject however could not carve out the killer move and did not get the service to make the breakthrough himself.
Sergi Roberto (CM) – 5/10 – Saved the ball transferring effectively though by no means regarded prone to produce a decisive second.
Ansu Fati (LW) – 6/10 – A pleasure to look at in full flight. Electrical ft, swift motion and so harmful within the tightest of areas. Unable to create that little bit of magic to bail out his facet, nevertheless.
Luuk de Jong (ST) – 5/10
Riqui Puig (CM) – 6/10
Clemet Lenglet (LWB) – N/A