Los Colchoneros had lost 87 times to Los Blancos in the Spanish top-flight, the most defeats by a single opponent, and Partey’s brilliance in midfield ensured it didn’t become defeat number 88.
The 26-year Ghanaian was simply sublime, recording a 95% passing accuracy from 38 out of 40 passes in the first half alone. He had a 100% duel success rate in the opening period, winning four out of four, and he also made four recoveries.
100 - Thomas Partey in the first half of his 100th game for Atletico in LaLiga:— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 28, 2019
95% passing accuracy (38/40)
100% duels success (4/4)
The best Atleti chance in the first half fell to teenage sensation Joao Felix, but the Portuguese forward could only fire wide after receiving a perfectly-timed pass from Partey.
The Ghanaian made a total of 79 passes in the entire 90 minutes played, and also made four dribbles, which was more than any player from either team on the pitch. He ultimately won the Man of the Match award.
Partey received a yellow card in injury time for a foul on James Rodriguez, his second of the season.
He has been an integral part of Atletico Madrid since making his debut in November 2015, making 145 competitive appearances, scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists.