According to The Mirror, Jack Grealish has earned the nickname ‘Peaky Jack’ in the Manchester City dressing room after a furious dispute with former City player Stefan Savic during Wednesday’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. The new title for the Birmingham-born winger is a reference to the hit BBC programme ‘Peaky Blinders,’ which is based on a hard-hitting Birmingham gang in his city.
Man City knocked Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League quarter-finals with a 0-0 stalemate at the Wanda Metropolitano, progressing 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a narrow victory in the first leg last week. According to The Mirror, Grealish and Savic laid the seeds for an explosive clash in Spain during that encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
Grealish was Savic’s immediate opponent on the left side of the pitch when he came on as a substitute for Raheem Sterling in the first match. The Atletico Madrid defender reportedly said at one point “I’ll have you in Madrid.”, to which the £100 million summer signing revealed he was looking forward to their second meeting after full-time.
Kevin De Bruyne’s winner in Manchester proved to be the game’s deciding goal in the two ties, and Atletico’s players were pumped up as the game neared its conclusion. Felipe’s rage erupted after he kicked out at Phil Foden after a challenge, igniting a massive brawl between both teams’ players and personnel.