Athletic Club 2-0 Sevilla: Postgame Player Ratings
Iago Herrerín 7/10
It was a quiet night for Iago Herrerín who was barely seen, but he came up big when needed. The keeper made four saves, two of which was very good and kept Sevilla from finding the back of the net. He played a big role in securing a clean sheet against one of the best teams in La Liga.
Ander Capa 7/10
With every passing game Ander Capa plays even better under Gaizka Garitano. Against Sevilla he caused real problems on the right wing both creating chances and in defense. Capa completed 78% of his passes, provided 5 crosses, and had one key pass. He also cleared the ball 5 times, had 2 successful tackles, and one important interception. The right-back would have an even higher score because of his stunning performance, but losing possession 6 times were the only negative moments of his night, although he did make up for it.
Yeray is having one of the best seasons of any center-back in La Liga. He’s been consistently great and was once again on Sunday. He completed 90% of his passes, better than any other player, as well as 2/4 long balls. The 23-year-old made a key tackle, 8 clearances, 2 big blocked shots, and won 4 headers. He didn’t put a foot wrong the entire game.
Iñigo Martinez 9/10
If Yeray was great against Sevilla, Iñigo Martinez was even better. He completed 78% of his passes and 10/16 long balls, several of which started dangerous attacks. Defensively Martinez had 3 tackles, 3 interception, and 2 blocks while also drawing 3 fouls in and around the Athletic box to stop play and keep Sevilla from getting a shot on goal. His positioning was flawless throughout the entire game.
Yuri Berchiche 6/10
Yuri Berchiche completed fewer passes than anyone, just 68% and 2/4 long balls, but still had a good game against Sevilla. He put in one cross, had a key pass, and one successful dribble although he had to do more defending than attacking. His 3 headers, 3 clearances, 2 tackles, and one interception were all important and it was even more impressive that he played most of the game in pain after a bad fall on his back. The left-back may not have not a significant impact on the game, but he did what was asked of him well.
Dani García 9/10
When Dani García is at his best he’s often the best player on the field and that was true against Sevilla. Completing 80% of his passes, 3/7 longs balls, and giving the assist on the second goal of the game saw the midfielder more involved in the offense than ever. Meanwhile his 3 headers, 3 interceptions, and one tackle were all important as well. Stats can’t possibly tell the whole story for García who singlehandedly stopped counter attacks before they could start, chased down loose balls, and kept possession alive with immaculate vision. He influenced the game from minute to minute more than anyone else on the field.
For the third straight game Beñat looked really comfortable in Garitano’s system. He completed 81% of his passes, 3/4 long balls, and put in 4 crosses in attack. Thanks to the great positioning of Dani García he wasn’t required to do very much defensively but still managed to win 2 headers, one tackle, and get an interception. He played a nice complimentary role behind the forwards and kept the Sevilla midfielders chasing the ball.
Oscar De Marcos 7/10
When watching the match live Oscar De Marcos appeared to go missing at some points, but he actually did much more than it seemed. Playing on the wing he completed 77% of passes, 2/3 long balls, 2 crosses, and also provided 2 key passes. His work rate was the biggest contribution which allowed the other forwards more freedom to move and run into space during attacks. De Marcos also helped out defensively winning 2 headers and 2 tackles before being replaced by Ibai Gómez in the 65th minute.
Iker Muniain 8/10
If anyone is still doubting Iker Muniain’s effectiveness as a midfielder that should be over. Honestly, it should’ve ended long ago because it’s glaringly obvious that he plays his best football these days in a more central position where he can pull the strings with passes while also running with the ball. He completed 85% of his passes, 2/3 long balls, drew 4 fouls, had one shot, and provided a key pass. Sevilla were stuck chasing him all night and could do very little to slow him down while he also contributed defensively with 2 tackles and one important interception.
Iñigo Córdoba 6/10
Much like Oscar De Marcos, Iñigo Córdoba’s did well overall but it wasn’t his best game. He completed 79% of his passes, 1/2 long balls, one through ball which turned into a key pass, and a cross. Defensively he never stopped running while winning 3 tackles and 2 headers which, when paired with Berchiche, made things extremely difficult for Sevilla down their right wing. The part of his game that needs improvement, however, is his decision making with the ball. Córdoba lost the ball 6 times, one of which was on a counter attack that should have at least led to a shot on target and the other was near Athletic’s box which could’ve led to something dangerous if not for a teammate winning the ball back. At the same time, winning four dribbles, more than anyone else, is impressive. Losing the ball so many times lowers what would’ve been a slightly higher score.
Iñaki Williams 10/10
When you end a 770 day-old scoring draught at the San Mamés with two exceptional goals to win the game you earn a perfect score and Man of the Match honors. No debate. Iñaki Williams’s pace was unstoppable just like his finishing and Sevilla had problems marking the striker all night long. He won 5 headers (more than any other player), 2 dribbles, provided a key pass, and drew 2 fouls as that seemed the only way the defense could hope to slow him down. Iñaki also tracked back on defense consistently and was absolutely everywhere on the pitch using his speed wisely.
Ibai Gómez 6/10
It was a special night for Ibai Gómez who made his return debut at the San Mamés. Although he only played 25 minutes he made his presence felt with a shot and 6 promising crosses. He also won a tackle and demanded attention from the Sevilla defenders down the right side of the field.
Mikel San José 5/10
As is usually the case Mikel San José was brought on late to help control the game as Sevilla were starting to gain momentum. He completed 80% of his passes, won 2 headers, and used his positioning to clog the midfield which forced Sevilla to play out wide. He did his job well in limited minutes.
Mikel Balenziaga 5/10
Mikel Balenziaga only had 3 touches after coming on in the 84th minute. He didn’t put a foot wrong but also didn’t have enough time to really affect the game from an offensive or defensive standpoint.