Griezmann anonymous as Atletico suffer first defeat
Atletico Madrid slumped to their first defeat of the season on a miserable afternoon in Seville with a display that was as torrid as the weather. The 1-0 scoreline, courtesy of a fine goal from Steven N'Zonzi, was more than deserved as Jorge Sampaoli's side dominated from start to finish in the torrential rain.
Atleti looked out of sorts, lacked fluidity and will need to pull their socks up for the visit of Malaga next week.
There is little to nothing that Diego Simeone can take as a plus point from such a disjointed display. Jan Oblak made a good save, if that counts?
Where to start? They could not get into the game, looked shaky at the back, lost the midfield battle and missed the few chances they created. An afternoon to forget for Los Rojiblancos.
4--The team selection was the right idea but his substitutions were all wrong. Atletico needed more steel in midfield and Saul Niguez should have come on at the break. Sending on Nicolas Gaitan, Tiago and Fernando Torres was baffling and their displays equally as abysmal.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Jan Oblak, 7 -- Produced a wonderful low save to deny Franco Vaquez in the second half but was left completely exposed for the goal.
DF Juanfran, 5 -- When Mr. Reliable has an off day then you know things are not going your way. Could barely push forward with Sevilla's pressing game and also struggled in defence.
DF Stefan Savic, 4 -- Easily his worst performance of the season. Was all at sea in positioning terms, missing a simple header which led to the Vazquez chance, while looked to be running in treacle as N'Zonzi surged away from him.
DF Diego Godin, 6 -- The best of a bad bunch at the back. Was the only one who dealt with Sevilla's attacking waves with any certainty. Almost rescued a point late on but Sergio Rico's save repelled his goalbound header.
DF Filipe Luis, 5 -- Had his hands full with Samir Nasri and Vazquez and largely struggled to deal with the pair. Could not connect with Gaitan but that was hardly his fault. One rasping shot at the other end aside, he did not contribute too much in attack.
MF Angel Correa, 5 -- For the second game in a row showed uncharacteristic profligacy in front of goal, missing a sitter just before the break which ultimately cost Atleti. Having said that, in retrospect replacing his pace and directness was a big mistake.
MF Koke, 5 -- Looked tired after his exerts in midweek, misplacing too many passes. He summed up his side's day by being dismissed after picking up a second yellow late on after a heavy touch forced him to dive in.
MF Gabi, 5 -- Kept battling to the end but was outnumbered and at times bypassed in the middle of the park. Not helped by Koke and Tiago's performances.
MF Yannick Carrasco, 6 -- Unable to celebrate his new deal in the way he would have wanted. Could not get into the game and was subbed 10 minutes into the second half which -- like Correa's substitution -- was a massive mistake.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 5 -- Out of sorts. Now gone three for club and country without a goal and at times had the chance to play in a teammate and made the wrong decision. The harder he tried, the less it looked like it would happen for him today.
FW Kevin Gameiro, 6 -- A direct early run won a free kick on the edge of the box and he forced a smart stop out of Rico after just 10 minutes. Was looking Atleti's most likely source of a goal before being inexplicably replaced by Torres.
MF Nicolas Gaitan (for Correa), 3 -- Came on at half time but was anonymous. At least the man he replaced got himself in a position to miss a sitter. Did absolutely nothing: his Atletico career thus far in a nutshell.
MF Tiago (for Carrasco), 4 -- Was brought on to help shore up the midfield but lost the run of N'Zonzi for the goal.
FW Fernando Torres (for Gameiro), 4 -- Did not do much other than fail to hold the ball up and give possession straight back to Sevilla.
Joseph Walker covers Atletico Madrid for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @Joe_in_espana.