UEFA Champions League 2017/18: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea, Player Ratings
Goals: Antoine Griezmann 40'; Alvaro Morata 60', Michy Batshuayi 90+4'
What a match! The high-profile clash of group C in the Champions League and the first at Wanda Metropolitana was a game to remember for the visitors, not so much for the hosts. Atletico Madrid were the second best team on the night and deserved nothing out of this game. Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico a surprise lead through a spot-kick but it never looked like the Colchoneros will hold onto that lead.
Continuing their domination in the second half, Chelsea levelled through Alvaro Morata and scored a winner through Michy Batshuayi on literally the last kick of the match. It was a fine move, worthy of being the match-winner in any game. The dramatic finish has now given Chelsea two wins out of two in the Champions League and on that note, let's take a look at how the player fared in "the Diego Costa derby":
Jan Oblak: 6/10
Oblak managed to keep Atletico in the game by making a couple of decent saves in the first half. He was helpless for both the goals conceded and could not have done anything more.
The fullback's performance was one of the few positives that Atletico Madrid could take from this game. He looked solid in defence and handled the threat of Marco Alonso well. Juanfran also contributed whenever he went forward.
Lucas Hernandez: 6/10
The young defender cannot be solely blamed for Atletico's bad show at the back as he looked confident in his job. Lucas also won the penalty for his side in the first half.
Diego Godin: 4.5/10
A night to forget for the veteran! Godin never looked assured at the back and failed to cope up with the pace of Alvaro Morata.
Filipe Luis: 5/10
A rare underperforming night for another Atletico Madrid's mainstays. Luis was caught napping for the winner conceded and should have done better. His passing was also not at its usual best.
Thomas Partey: 4/10
It was a confused performance from Partey. The midfielder took time to react at times and was beaten far too easily at times. He failed to mark Eden Hazard or shield his backline and was completely dominated by the Chelsea attackers.
Saul Niguez: 5/10
Saul was another Atletico player who underachieved against Chelsea. His passes went astray and to top it, Saul missed an absolute sitter to give his side a 2-0 lead before the break.
It was his delivery which earned the Colchoneros a penalty but other than that, Koke's impact was rarely seen. He was disappointing going forward and pressed aimlessly at times.
Yannick Carrasco: 4/10
Another big game, another flop show from Carrasco! Sadly, the winger has made a habit of underperforming when it matters and last night was no exception. He just failed to be involved and looked anonymous for the majority of his time on the field.
Angel Correa: 6/10
The forward was one of the only few players for Atletico who could be praised for their outing. Correa never stopped running and was desperate to turn the momentum for good. His sharp turns often troubled the Chelsea backline.
Antoine Griezmann: 4.5/10
Diego Simeone needed a smashing showing from his talisman, Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman duly scored but failed to have any more impact on the game. He looked slow to react at times and lost possession on a number of occasions. On a good note, Griezmann became the first player to score at Atletico's new home in both league and European games.
Fernando Torres: 5.5/10
El Nino was given a thundering applause from both sets of supporters when he was introduced in the second half. He made some good runs and got into good positions but lacked the service that he hoped for.
Nicolas Gaitan: 3/10
Brought on to cause a sense of urgency in his teammates, Gaitan helped Chelsea's cause more than that of his side. He just did not turn up on the occasion and can be said as a disastrous substitution from Diego Simeone.
Jose Gimenez: 5/10
Gimenez was given the job of man-marking Eden Hazard in the final quarter of the game. He did his job well initially but could have done much better in the winner conceded.