Getafe 1-1 Athletic Club: Postgame Player Ratings
Athletic’s draw against Getafe went just as expected. The two sides neutralized each other’s attack and made it hard to create chances. A draw was a fair result and the point was important, but the Lions could have had more. That being said, it wasn’t a poor performance. In fact, Athletic played rather well and several players stepped up in a big way on the road.
Unai Simón 6/10
Saturday’s match was all about defending. Both sides made it extremely difficult for the other to create chances and Unai Simón truly didn’t have much to deal with. There was nothing the goalkeeper could do on Getafe’s goal but he did put himself in position to claim other crosses and distributed the ball well. Getafe had 7 shots throughout the match and Simón needed to make just one save. It was a quiet night for Simón, but he remained alert.
Ander Capa 10/10 – Man Of The Match
Without question, Ander Capa was the best player on the field. The right-back had 94 touches, more than any other player, and lost possession just once. He won 3 tackles, 2 headers, 2 interceptions, and made 3 clearances. Going forward Capa won 4 dribbles and assisted Raúl García’s goal with a beautiful cross. From start to finish Capa was absolutely everywhere and caused constant problems for Getafe.
Unai Nuñez 8/10
Unai Nuñez showed once again that he deserves to be starting every week. The defender won 4 headers, 3 interceptions, and made a key tackle. He also cleared the ball 8 times and arguably should have been awarded a penalty when his header struck the arm of a Getafe defender. With yet another solid performance Gaizka Garitano may not be able to simply put Iñigo Martinez back in the lineup.
Normally the most consistent player on the pitch, Yeray made a critical error when he allowed Jaime Mata to cut in front of him and score Getafe’s equalizer. It’s a play that the defender normally deals with well, though that wasn’t the case this time. Apart from that moment Yeray won 6 headers, 2 tackles, and even provided a key pass which would usually be a great performance, but the mistake in the first half cost Athletic two important points.
Yuri Berchiche 8/10
Two games, two spectacular performances from Yuri Berchiche who continues to show that he’s one of La Liga’s premier left-backs. The 29-year-old won 7 headers, 2 tackles, 1 interception and was a force going forward. His link-up place with Iker Muniain was great as always and he didn’t put a foot wrong the entire match. If not for Capa’s brilliance, Berchiche would have earned his second straight man of the match honor.
Dani García 5/10
In such a defensive match neither side was able to control the midfield. Dani García spent most of the match dropping in front of the center-backs and wasn’t able to do much at all going forward. He did manage to win 6 headers, more than usual, as well as one tackle and interception. However, García also found himself out of position at times and committed three fouls. It wasn’t a bad outing for the 29-year-old but it was far from his best.
Beñat replaced Unai López in the starting with the idea of giving Athletic another weapon on free kicks. Gaizka Garitano admitted that he knew the game would come with many fouls and wanted Beñat to be the one standing over the ball. The midfielder connected with both of his crosses which could have led to goals, but he provided little else until coming off in the second half. The match lacked rhythm which made it difficult for Beñat to leave his mark.
Oscar De Marcos 7/10
After a weak performance against Barcelona in the season opener, Oscar De Marcos redeemed himself with a strong match against Getafe. Playing on the right wing, De Marcos won two dribbles, put in two dangerous crosses, and was instrumental in pulling a defender out of position on Raúl García’s goal. It’s a shame that he was forced to leave at the end of the first half with an injury because De Marcos could have been a difference maker had he been able to continue.
Raúl García 8/10
As usual, Raúl García played an integral role for Athletic and did many things that don’t show up in the statistics. Apart from his goal, which was sublime, the midfielder constantly put himself in scoring positions and could have scored at least one more had teammates been able to put in better crosses. García also made a big tackle and set the tone in the middle of the field with needed physicality.
Iker Muniain 6/10
At first glance, Iker Muniain had a quiet night against Getafe but watching the match back through actually showed that the captain was very involved. Muniain was often the one to dictate the pace of play for Athletic and didn’t lose the ball a single time. He also connected on both of his crosses and three long balls, completing 83% of his passes which was higher than any other player on the pitch. Despite the physical nature of the game, Muniain wasn’t afraid to take on defenders and kept Getafe’s attention when taking the ball forward.
Iñaki Williams 5/10
This was always going to be the type of game that would make it difficult for Iñaki Williams to utilize his pace. Getafe’s high press and commitment to defending didn’t allow Williams any space to run. The striker didn’t have a single shot throughout the match but did contribute heavily on defense by constantly tracking back to protect the midfield.
Gaizka Larrazabal 5/10
Gaizka Larrazabal made his debut at the end of the first half, replacing injured Oscar De Marcos. It took the winger a while to find his footing but once he did he played rather well. Larrazabal won two dribbles, made an important tackle, and put himself in positions to set up chances. Unfortunately, Larrazabal’s crosses were off when he should have been able to at least create a shot on goal. Had at least one of his crosses connected Athletic may have scored a second goal, but for a debut the 21-year-old looked good.
Aritz Aduriz 5/10
No heroics from Aritz Aduriz this time. The striker came on for Beñat in the second half with Garitano explaining that he wanted more attacking options. Athletic did turn up the pressure with another forward on the field, but weren’t able to find the winner.
Mikel San José 5/10
Garitano brought on Mikel San José in the dying minutes for Iker Muniain due to Getafe putting several crosses into the box. The goal was to have another aerial defender and physical body in midfield and San José did exactly what was asked of him.