Stefan Savic is named Man of the Match by L'Equipe despite nasty scenes against Man City

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Stefan Savic is named Man of the Match by L’Equipe and praised for his ‘SERENE’ display against Man City despite headbutting Raheem Sterling and pulling Jack Grealish’s hair… as Phil Foden is given a rating of just four after being targeted by Atletico

  • Manchester City squeezed into the semi-finals of the Champions League  
  • Pep Guardiola’s side were resilient against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night 
  • Stefan Savic was seen headbutting Raheem Sterling during ugly scenes 
  • But the Montenegrin defender was still given man of the match by L’Equipe 

Stefan Savic may have been lucky to remain on the pitch for the duration of Atletico Madrid’s clash with Manchester City, but that didn’t detract from his performance in the eyes of some.

L’Equipe named the Montenegrin defender their man of the match for his display at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night, giving him a rating of seven out of ten.

Savic was heavily involved in the late 22-man brawl at the end of the Champions League semi-final, dragging Phil Foden off the pitch, headbutting Raheem Sterling and pulling Jack Grealish’s hair as his frustration got the better of him as the Spanish side chased the game. 

Stefan Savic was named L'Equipe's man of the match, despite his on-field antics on Wednesday

Stefan Savic was named L’Equipe’s man of the match, despite his on-field antics on Wednesday

Savic headbutted Raheem Sterling and was also seen to pull Jack Grealish's hair at one point

Savic headbutted Raheem Sterling and was also seen to pull Jack Grealish’s hair at one point

The referee cautioned the centre back when all had died down, with City supporters and UK pundits alike suggesting the punishment could, and should, have been more severe.

Yet despite his part in the ugly scenes, L’Equipe insisted that Savic had been the best on the park. 

In their opinion of his performance, they wrote: ‘Of the three Madrid centre backs, He was the one who appeared most serene. 

‘Clean in his interventions while being rough in the duels, he mastered his zone and tamed each Mancunian who ventured there.’ 

The Montenegrin was praised by the French paper for producing a 'serene' display at the back

The Montenegrin was praised by the French paper for producing a ‘serene’ display at the back

Meanwhile, Foden, who was on the end of Savic’s heavy-handed approach in the final moments, was given just a four for his performance in the Spanish capital. 

the England international was targeted throughout by Diego Simeone’s men, and was forced to play for the majority of the match with his head bandaged after being caught in the back of the head by an aerial challenge from Felipe. 

The Brazilian then took a swipe at Foden in the last minute of normal time as the forward galloped down the left flank – the incident that led to the melee – resulting in a second yellow.

Foden sought to waste as much time as possible by rolling back on to the pitch, a move that upset Atletico players including Savic.

While he was able to aid his team by eating up valuable seconds however, the rest of his game left a lot to be desired according to L’Equipe.  

Phil Foden was given a rating of just four as he was targeted by Atletico throughout the match

Phil Foden was given a rating of just four as he was targeted by Atletico throughout the match

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