Re: The Official Valencia C.F. Thread
Haven't been here for a while, but I'm not sleepy and just finished watching the replay off Atletico and Valencia, some might as well do player ratings.
Guaita - 7.5
Didn't have that much to do for most of the match, but he made 2 incredible saves and was very solid when catching the balls and coming off his line. Not a single bad thing can be said about his performance.
Jérémy Mathieu - 7.0
Day and night for his performance - absolutely unstoppable both in defence and offence in first half and start of the 2nd, but struggled quite badly with Turan and Diego on.
Adil Rami - 6.5
Was generally quite solid, although 2 glaring mistakes took out from his good match - going forward alone, losing out the ball (possibly a foul) and not coming back for the longest time and a push against Diego, which probably should have been a penalty.
Víctor Ruiz - 6.5
Very shaky at the start of the match, but grew on and was solid afterwards. A solid debut and can only be expected to build upon that.
Miguel Brito - 6.0
The only reason he got a 6 is because of the wonderful assist for Soldado. Otherwise, consistently losing out balls in attack, misplacing passes, failing to come back to defence. Still better than Bruno, though.
Pablo Piatti - 7.0
Very lively and a consistent thorn for Atletico defenders, but his end product was lacking. Scored a goal which was incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Albelda - 7.0
The best performance in a long while for the captain of Los Che - not the most skillful, not the most flashy, but very effective and breaking down attacks in an achoring role.
Jonas - 5.5
Barring 2 chances within 30 seconds, he was invisible. Participated in build up and has shown his talents, but he is much more effective as a substitute.
Tino Costa - 7.0
All out action performance for the Argentine who worked hard in both ends of the pitch. After his removal, Valencia struggled badly to keep the ball and completely lost out on possession.
Pablo Hernández - 6.0
Offencively, didn't do much, but he was running all over the pitch putting in a lot of effort to keep the ball for Valencia.
Roberto Soldado - 6.5
Looks like he can't stop scoring at the moment, but he should have had more than one. In the end, the hero of the day shouldn't be bashed, so we'll leave it there. Worked hard in defence.
Mehmet Topal - 5.5
Not quite what Valencia got used to from the Turk last season - he worked hard and helped Valencia keep the clean sheet, though.
Canales - 5.0
Didn't do anything, but shouldn't be blamed - he came on as Valencia just couldn't keep the ball for more than 5 seconds and he wasn't given a chance.
Jordi Alba - 6.0
A decent performance for the hard working Spaniard, even though he was caught out of position a few times.
Thibaut Courtois - 7.0
Extremely solid - and didn't have a chance against Soldado's cross. On loan Chelsea man looks to be a great loan signing for Atletico.
Filipe Luis - 7.0
By far the best defender of Atletico for the night - work hard in defence and contributed well to attack, although it has to be said that the assist came from his side.
Álvaro Domínguez - 6.0
Not the best, nor the worst night for the Spanish international: he did make a few good tackles and interceptions, but also got caught out of position quite a few times. Doesn't work too well with Miranda.
Miranda - 6.0
Slightly better than his partner, but not too solid either.
Silvio - 5.5
Didn't do anything offencively and got beat consistently by Valencia's player. Doesn't look to be ready for 1st team just yet.
Tiago - 6.5
Was the only Atletico center midfielder tonight who looked like capable of anything before introduction of Diego. Created a few brilliant chances for his teammates and work hard, although gets minus points for his extremely rash challenge on Piatti (which probably should have had him sent off).
Mario Suárez - 5.5
Worked hard, but not much came off for him. Much, much worse than last weekend.
Gabi - 4.5
Was Gabi even playing? Struggled to contain Tino Costa and failed in his role as a defencive midfielder. A night to forget.
José Antonio Reyes - 6.0
Can't complain about his workrate - it's just wasn't his night. End product was a bit poor, but still by far the biggest threat in the 1st half for Atletico.
Radamel Falcao - 4.0
40 million man has struggled... Badly. He was starved out of support, but his normally superb movement off the ball was quite lacking and he never looked like threatening. Not quite the dream debut.
Adrián - 4.5
Got into some good positions, but with the amount of chances he was presented, he really should have done much better. Better of the two forwards as at least he got a few chances, but one can't help but think that most of others forwards would have scored.
Diego Ribas - 7.0
Looked like Diego of old - full of flashy tricks, superb passes and wonderful awareness. He completely changed the match and kept beating Valencia's player and creating chances. By the little evidence seen, looks set to be a key piece of Atletico this season.
Arda Turan - 6.5
Along with Diego, he changed the game. Worked hard, created chances and while probably should have done better on some occasions, looks quite promising.
Juanfran - 6.0
Got very little to do anything, but looked threatening and made some good passes.