Griezmann disappointing as Real thrash Atletico in final Calderon derby
Atletico Madrid imploded in their last-ever La Liga meeting with city rivals Real at the Vicente Calderon to lose 3-0 on a miserable night in the Spanish capital. It was a return to the bad old days for the Calderon faithful, and worse still for Los Rojiblancos, it was a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick that did the damage to end whatever miniscule title aspirations they still had. Truth be told, Atleti were utterly abject and got what they deserved; they now sit nine points off their table-topping neighbours.
The crowd were brilliant, and Jan Oblak made a couple of good saves.
Where do you begin? The side look like they are in the midst of an identity crisis. The defensive solidity is completely gone, and that is now five games in a row conceding in La Liga for the first time under Diego Simeone, who himself got everything wrong.
Without their first-choice centre backs, Madrid were there for the taking. Los Colchoneros, however, played like a poor mid-table outfit lacking the confidence they could match their illustrious opponents.
Manager rating out of 10
2 -- Simeone only earns such a high mark for writing 11 names on the teamsheet before the game. It was all downhill from there, and at times, the side might as well have been playing with eight or nine, such was the miniscule contribution of certain starters. He had the chance to rectify his mistakes at half-time and did not do it. This is worryingly becoming a recurring theme, and you must wonder if he is mentally fried. Please, Diego, the Torres experiment needs to stop once and for all. What did Einstein say about the definition of insanity?
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Jan Oblak, 7 -- Atleti's best player, and that tells you all you need to know. The only one to emerge with any credit, and the pick of his stops was a stunning low save that denied Ronaldo from opening the scoring early on. Helpless to prevent the goals, a couple of good saves at 1-0 kept his side in with a shout.
DF Juanfran, 5 -- Well out of position for the third, but other than that, dealt with Gareth Bale all right. Did not have much chance to attack.
DF Stefan Savic, 2 -- Utterly abysmal. Looked uncertain from minute one. Gave away several early free kicks, including the one that Ronaldo opened the scoring from. To make matters worse, the ball hit him in the wall and went in, and rather than making amends, he proceeded to give away the penalty that helped Madrid seal their first league win in this derby in seven games. A truly terrible performance.
DF Diego Godin, 6 -- Defended decently and managed to repel what he could, including one very good block, but ultimately was hamstrung by the incompetence of the man next to him.
DF Filipe Luis, 5 -- Like Juanfran, dealt well with Madrid's wide men and enjoyed a bit more success going forward. That said, he was not helped by his forwards' lack of movement when swinging balls in.
MF Saul Niguez, 4 -- Was he on the pitch for the full 90? Apparently so. Not for the first time in recent weeks, the game completely passed him by.
MF Koke, 5 -- One defence-splitting pass to Antoine Griezmann aside, he could not get into the game. His side's night was summed up as he embarrassingly looked like he was running in treacle while chasing back after Luka Modric -- who is not exactly Usain Bolt -- as Madrid countered.
MF Gabi, 5 -- Showed lightning reactions to nip in ahead of Ronaldo in the follow up to Oblak's stunning save, and put it out for a corner. But it was he and Savic who crumpled in the wall as the rot started. Hooked on the hour with the score at 1-0.
MF Yannick Carrasco, 6 -- The best of a very bad outfield bunch. Went close twice in the second period, but at times, seemed determined to do it all himself. Might have passed to teammates in better positions; although to be fair to him, they were playing so badly, he probably thought it best he kept the ball.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 4 -- When the little No. 7. has a stinker, you know it is not your day. Got played in by Koke at 1-0, but hit across the face of goal in something that was neither one nor the other, and it sailed harmlessly wide. Looked like he was carrying a knock and not helped by his strike partner's invisible man impression.
FW Fernando Torres, 3 -- The Mannequin Challenge might be latest global craze, but a football pitch is no place to do it. Hopeless. The fact he lasted an hour was more testament to Simeone's incompetence than anything else.
FW Kevin Gameiro (for Torres), 5 -- Should have started. Helped put El Nino out of his misery, although he did not fare much better with Atleti under the cosh.
MF Angel Correa (for Gabi), 5 -- Ditto with Gameiro. Tried but could not get involved.
Joseph Walker covers Atletico Madrid for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @Joe_in_espana.