Kevin Gameiro, Antoine Griezmann, Koke in top form in Atletico victory

Atletico Madrid emphatically returned to form in La Liga with a scintillating 5-0 victory away to Levante on Saturday night.

Kevin Gameiro was the star of the show, the French striker scoring twice and setting up the other three, while showing Diego Simeone exactly what he was missing when leaving him out earlier in the season.

Antoine Griezmann looked happy playing next to his countryman and bagged the final two to end his lengthy La Liga drought in style as Los Rojiblancos ran out comfortable winners to remain unbeaten in the league.


Gameiro's display was top-class. To have him and Griezmann scoring goals is going to be vitally important for Atleti if they achieve anything this season.


Stefan Savic was a bit erratic, summing up his form of late, and must surely be in danger of losing his place to Lucas Hernandez or Jose Maria Gimenez.

Manager rating out of 10

9 -- Simeone knew Levante were going to play a high line and the selection of Gameiro to exploit it proved to be an inspired one.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Jan Oblak, 6 -- Flapped at a cross in the first half but had very little to do thereafter. Dribbled out of the box late on and took on a forward, somewhat comically.

DF Thomas Partey, 7 -- Impressive in a position that is unfamiliar. Was targeted early on by Levante, but coped easily. A threat going forward, too.

DF Stefan Savic, 5 -- Managed to look shaky in a routine, comfy win. Lost his man when Oblak came and clapped and was sold completely at the end as the home side went close.

DF Diego Godin, 6 -- Coped with the little attacking threat the Valencian outfit produced.

DF Filipe Luis, 7 -- Played a couple of delicious through balls to Gameiro in the first half. Pushed on whenever he could and looked dangerous.

MF Koke, 9 -- Absolutely brilliant. Will not get the headlines like the goal scorers, but he was majestic in midfield, and everything that was good about Atleti's attack -- and there was a lot -- came through him.

MF Gabi, 8 -- Great ball over the top in the buildup to the first goal. Afforded time to put his foot on the ball and pick a pass, and if you allow him to do that, he will make you pay.

MF Saul Niguez, 6 -- Will rarely enjoy a more relaxed afternoon in the middle of the park at this level. Recycled the ball well, if unspectacularly. Given the final 20 off.

MF Angel Correa, 7 -- A real live wire throughout. Linked up well with the front two and was desperately unlucky not to score himself after rounding the keeper, only to see his shot cleared off the line before Gameiro tapped in.

FW Antoine Griezmann, 9 -- Back to his brilliant best. Set up Gameiro's second before adding two himself, with his compatriot returning the favour. Spent the final 15 minutes trying to set Fernando Torres up for a goal.

FW Kevin Gameiro, 9 -- Scored two, might have had five and set up the other three. Looks a man transformed by his goal against Roma in midweek and made the absolute most of the space afforded to him by the home side's high line. Much more like it and needs a proper run in the side now, something he has not been afforded yet this season.


Yannick Carrasco (for Correa), 6 -- On for the final half-hour but did not really get into the game.

Fernando Torres (for Gameiro), 6 -- Missed three very presentable chances once he came on, with many teammates desperately trying to set him up.

Augusto Fernandez (for Niguez), NR -- Allowed Saul to put his feet up for the final few minutes.