The Ghana international was ever-present on the pitch for Los Rojiblancos once again, but his fine display was not enough for victory
Los Rojiblancos also witnessed a disappointing 4-1 penalty shootout loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final last weekend in Jeddah, Partey missing his spot-kick.
It never went going for Diego Simeone’s men again and it was Esteban Burgos and Edu Exposito that scored in either half for the hosts.
⏱ 76′ [ 1-0 ] We’re into the last 15 minutes. The lads are looking for the equaliser. Vamos! 💪
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 18, 2020
26-year old Partey came clean in the entire 90 minutes of this tie, avoiding going into the book, while he had a high 97 touches on the ball (the most of any player on the pitch) and 64 accurate passes (79%).
The Ghanaian midfielder also showed his prowess in the air once again, winning seven of eight aerial duels.
He made one tackle, two interceptions, three clearances and was not dribbled past.