Didn't cover himself in glory at all for the only goal of the match as he came off his line to claim the ball but failed, allowing Raul Garcia to head into a empty net. However, redeemed himself slightly as he denied Diego Costa twice one-on-one.
Is usually deployed as a right back but flourished in his more advanced role at right wing and constantly ran at defenders to hit the byline and get some decent deliveries into the box. Helped out defensively as was his normal instinct too.
Must have heard a call from his goalkeeper as he looked reluctant to jump up and clear the ball out of the box for Raul Garcia's goal. Still, should have been more commanding. Improved as the match went on though and organized the defense much better.
Was involved in an entertaining feud with Diego Costa in which he held his own well, but definitely should have received at least a yellow card for basically putting the striker in a sleeper hold. As the game went on, he looked fatigued and was pulled out of position too easily.
Was slightly hot-headed at times during the match which, although proved to be an asset at times when he got stuck in, made him susceptible to daft challenges in dangerous positions. Did provide a decent threat on the overlap though, especially in the first half.
Attempted to get in the faces of the Atletico midfield from the get-go and maintained a high tempo of pressing for 20 minutes or so. However, drifted out of the match terribly after and ended up being substituted just 10 minutes into the second period.
Didn't really adapt to the pace of the match as he mainly kept to himself just in front of the Valencia defense, never really making an impact. Did make one or two interceptions on balls through the middle but didn't effect the play when in possession.
Was caught sleeping at the back post for the opening goal as he allowed Raul Garcia to drift in behind the defense to loop a header over Guaita. Did show some decent attacking ambition though and got up and down the left flank.
Struggled to find space in the first half as he couldn't get any change out of Tiago and Gabi sitting in front of the Atletico defense. Showed signs of frustration as he was forced wide to see the ball, and eventually got booked for kicking the ball away. Did nearly come close to scoring with a great header at he back post which was saved.
Had a couple of speculative efforts towards goal that was easily mopped up by Courtois. Was much more effective out on the left wing as, when he found space, put some truly teasing crosses into the box. Pace was also an asset on the counterattack.
Came close to scoring with just a minute on the clock as he quickly swiveled and lashed at shot at goal from the edge of the box that went wide, but had a quiet first half after. Didn't really pose a threat in the second period, but did put himself out a bit.
Didn't have too much to deal with in terms of shot stopping bar a couple of speculative efforts from the edge of the box. When called into action he took the pressure off his side by claiming a range of crosses out of the air.
Communicated well with Godin so that one would press the striker and one would sit in behind collecting loose balls. A tactic that worked a treat as Alcacer barely had a sniff all night. Dominant aerially and distributed the ball well.
Stretched his legs up and down that left wing all afternoon, but his threat was somewhat negated by the the fact that Valencia basically played with two right backs. Nearly got on the scoresheet in the first half when he smashed a volley at goal which was blocked.
Was a rock at the heart of defense and headed balls out of the box constantly. Positioning was spot on throughout the match and provided a veteran head at the back when Valencia was in the ascendancy in the latter stages.
Had a decent first hour of the match in which he was solid at the back and didn't allow Piatti to get beyond him to get crosses in. However, faltered in the latter stages and was susceptible on the back foot. Sent off in the last few minutes for a scything challenge on the Argentine.
Calm and composed in the middle of the park but was also capable of getting involved in the hustle and bustle. Experience in the middle of the park was vital as Atletico weathered a mini-storm in the second half to see out the win.
Often strayed from his position on the right wing but was very disciplined to get back into a rigid formation whenever Valencia were on the back foot. Scored the solitary strike in the match when he drifted in at the back post to head over the oncoming Guaita.
Would have played a little too much time in defensive positions for his liking but this still didn't effect his fabulous work ethic, in which he regularly chased down Valencia players, harrying them for possession. Clipped some decent crosses into the box from attacking areas.
Has showed tremendous desire to get back out and help his defense this season and today was no different as he regularly could be found tracking midfield runners and blocking balls into the box at the front post.
Had a couple of golden opportunities to get on the scoresheet and rubber stamp the win as he went through one-on-one with Guaita twice, but failed to score on both occasions. Still led the line well and made intelligent runs into the channels.
Almost scored an absolutely sensational goal when he hit a snap shot in the inside left channel which stripped the paint off the far post. Put in a great shift up top but was eventually subbed with what looked like a knee injury.