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Athletic Club 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Player Ratings

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Atletico Madrid needed to grab a victory to keep their Champions League hopes strong but fell to defeat against Athletic Club at the San Mames. Now, their hopes for European qualification becomes that much riskier.

The collective performance was rather poor, and in light of the harrowing defeat to Los Leones, join Madrid Universal as we analyse each individual’s performance.

Jan Oblak: 5

Oblak had a tough night in goal, but to no fault of his own. He conceded via an own goal, and a penalty, on a night where he really could not have done much better.

Jose Gimenez: 5.5

His start to the game was as woeful as they come, as he was a major part of the reason why Athletic scored their opener. He was nimbly outmuscled by Inaki Williams, letting him through on goal.

Mario Hermoso: 5

An early yellow card and an own goal marked a torrid evening for Hermoso. He attempted to get back into the match, but his positioning was many times awry.

Reinildo Mandava: 5.5

The Mozambican got on the wrong side of Mateu Lahoz unnecessarily. Far from the best performance from him, warranting a substitution at half-time.

Marcos Llorente: 7

The only bright spot. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Llorente did a phenomenal job from the wider areas, as he created danger on a consistent basis through his runs and crossing.

Hector Herrera: 5.5

Herrera conceded the penalty that put the game out of reach for Atletico, and deservedly found his place on the bench come the 65th minute. Given his experience, one would expect better.

Geffrey Kondogbia: 6

He attempted to offer stability in the midfield and did for a while, however, the likes of Muniain and Vesga ran circles around him in the second half.

Renan Lodi: 6.5

As one of the very few bright spots in the match, Lodi did his best to attack for Atleti. He also intervened defensively, forcing a number of errors in the Athletic attack.

Yannick Carrasco: 5.5

He was extremely unproductive, both in attack and defence for Atletico, and he warranted the substitution an hour into the match.

Luis Suarez: 5

Bar a bizarre shot in the first half, Suarez had next to nothing to show for in this match. His best days are far behind him, and that becomes all the more clear every week.

Antoine Griezmann: 6.75

The Frenchman had his free-kick rattle the crossbar at the start of the second half. He gave his best performance, however, that was not good enough to salvage a point for Atletico.

SUBSTITUTES:

Angel Correa: 5.5

He offered little to no dynamism in the second half, as, despite a promising start, all that he did lost its vigour.

Rodrigo de Paul: 5

He was played out of position, and as such, he suffered immensely. The Argentine played a couple of crosses into the box, however, he was severely limited by the tactical outline of the game.

Koke: 5

The captain was given the opportune chance to attack while playing on the left-hand side, however, he did not offer any creativity as a substitute.

Mattheus Cunha: 5.5

He tried his best to add to the attack but struggled due to the overall dysfunction in the team.

Sime Vrsaljko: 6

The Croatian was brought on late on to add some dynamism to the attack, however, given how much he individually struggled to offer a boost to the wider areas, the likes of Llorente suffered as a result. 

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Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender

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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.

The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.

Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.

Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.

The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.

Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.

Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.

Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.

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