Diego Costa was again the star man in the Colombian's absence with two goals, offering up a timely reminder that the capital club are far from a one-man band.
And Atletico coach Simeone has lauded the Brazilian for his contribution to the team so far this season.
He told the club's website: "Diego is very important for the team.
"He relieves pressure a lot, is brave and is a strong player who is difficult to mark.
"He is in a good moment which he deserves because he is working for it."