The Ghana international was ever-present on the pitch for Los Rojiblancos once again, but his fine display was not enough for victory
Thomas Partey was part of the Atletico Madrid squad that suffered their third La Liga defeat of the season, losing 2-0 to Eibar on Saturday night.
Los Rojiblancos also witnessed a disappointing 4-1 penalty shootout loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final last weekend in Jeddah, with Partey missing his spot-kick.
It was tough going for Diego Simeone’s men again with Esteban Burgos and Edu Exposito scoring in either half for the hosts.
The 26-year-old Partey avoided going into the book and 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.
Atleti remain in third place, tied on 35 points with Sevilla. They switch to Copa del Rey duty with a Round of 32 clash away to Segunda Division side Cultural Leonesa on Thursday.