The Manchester City flop is no longer a liability.
The Spanish side defeated the Bundesliga giants 1-0 through a fantastic goal from Saul Niguez but it was the fact they did not concede which seemed to be the main bonus from the game – especially as they were without their star defender Diego Godin.
But the man who stepped in and did a fantastic job in his absence was a player well known to fans of another Champions League semi-finalist.
Manchester City, who drew 0-0 with Real Madrid earlier in the week, was a former club of Atletico defender Stefan Savic.
The Montenegro international was signed for £6 million in July 2011 from Partizan Belgrade, as reported by the Daily Mail. He had his good moments. At the start of his City career he looked like a really good buy, even scoring against Blackburn Rovers in October 2011.
When Vincent Kompany was suspended and Kolo Toure on international duty in January 2012 the youngster came into the first-team.
His mistakes became costly. He gifted Liverpool a penalty in a League Cup defeat and played an accidental role in a Jermain Defoe goal.
But since leaving the club he turned things around at Fiorentina and is now a vital member of the Atletico squad.
Here is how some of the fans reacted to the Manchester City flop’s performance…
Savic totally calm,even did a great dummy to let the ball out, as we all sed he should have been kept could have built back 4 round him#mcfc— adam (@woff42) April 27, 2016
That Savic looks a great defender, where have I seen him before...?#mcfc— John Smith (@Savechip55) April 27, 2016
Given the problems we have had in central defence maybe Savic wasn't given enough time at #mcfc— Dave Djordjevic (@DaveDjordjevic) April 27, 2016
Stefan Savic is starting a champions league semi final. Simeone is a true miracle worker.— Emmett (@Em_MCFC) April 27, 2016