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Savic relishing Manchester City clash

Stefan Savic declared Atletico Madrid is ready to “suffer” as he returns to Manchester City.

Savic said of the return to his old stamping ground:

“After ten years, I am going to play there again.

“For me, it will be a special game because it was my first experience outside Montenegro. To do it in a team as important as Manchester City, the truth is that it was a tremendous experience where we also won the league after many years.”

City’s league triumph during Savic’s time at the club ended a 44-year wait for a domestic league title. Still, four have since followed that long-awaited success, with Abu Dhabi owners and world-class coaching and playing staff turning the club into a colossal winning machine.

Savic played a small, almost forgettable part in the early stages of that success. Still, he said: “I had the opportunity to train and play with the most important players in the world of football at that time, and it was an excellent experience in my career.”

He featured with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, all of whom have since either retired or moved elsewhere.

The city has replaced class with class, so the modern-day stars such as Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling will pose a threat to Atletico.

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Savic said in an interview on Atletico’s YouTube page:

“We know they are one of the strongest teams in the Champions League, but I think we have the quality and the strength to face this game against Manchester City, and we will have our chance to go through.

“They have enormous attacking potential, but United had it, too. We know that it will be a game where we will suffer and even more on their field because they have outstanding attacking players, and they are the leaders in the Premier League, so it will be a tough game, but we are ready. To face it.”

Atletico stretched their winning run in LaLiga to six games on Saturday when they chalked up a 4-1 win over Deportivo Alaves. They are well placed to clinch a return to next season’s Champions League through their domestic results.

Last season was a title-winning campaign for Atletico, and although this term has fallen short of that standard, Simeone’s side is currently showing sublime form.

Savic said:

“I think the team is in a better moment this year because we found that regularity.

“We are very happy, and we hope to continue in that line because now comes the most important part of the season, which is the Champions League and the final stretch of the league, so we hope to get good results.”

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