It was hard to imagine, but this autumn it happened - after leading the defense of Atletico Madrid for many years and being one of the symbols of the "colćoneros", Stefan Savić is no longer coach Diego Simeone's first choice in the stopper positions.
Since November 3 and the match in the Canaries against Las Palmas, our footballer has played only one match - and that for the national team of Montenegro against Hungary in Budapest.
When it comes to Atlético, since then he has sat on the bench for all five matches, including last night's match against Barcelona at "Montjuic".
Marka writes that everything coincided with the recovery from injury of Jose Maria Jimenez and the excellent moment of Aksel Vicelo, who is not a midfielder at Ćol but covers the position of stopper. In addition to the two of them, the defensive trio of Atlético is completed by Mario Ermoso, while the Turkish stopper Jaglar Sojuncu, who arrived from Leicester this summer, is also on the bench.
The same paper calculated that Savić and Jimenez - although they have been together in Atletik since 2015, when our footballer arrived - so far have been next to each other in the starting 11 only 99 times. They had the most matches together in the championship season (2020/21) when they formed a stopper trio with the mentioned Ermos.
As everything is happening in the season in which Savić's contract expires, it would not be strange if the Montenegrin footballer said goodbye to the "red and white" Madrid after many years - perhaps already in January.