35th: the pace of the match has fallen again a notch. The two guards have not yet had to intervene.
25th: huge opportunity for Real Madrid! Nacho infiltrated the Italian defense before trying his luck with his left foot. A shot that did not find the frame.
17th: red card for Freuler! The Atalanta player hung Mendy at the entrance of the large rectangle. He was the last defender.
12th: Real have been very mobile since the start of the match. The Spaniards, however, have not yet managed to secure scoring chances.
7th: Zidane’s men set foot on the ball, the Italians prefer to stay in place in their half of the field.
5th: the Madrilenians were immediately restless in an attempt to surprise Atalanta, which could not take control of operations.
Zinédine Zidane and Pep Guardiola to their business: with their coaches multiple European champions, Real Madrid and Manchester City approach as favorites the last two knockout stages of the Champions League, scheduled for Wednesday (9:00 p.m.), respectively against Atalanta Bergamo and Mönchengladbach.
Winners 13 times in the Champions League, the Madrilenians face Atalanta Bergamo for the first time in their history. Despite a chaotic run in the group stages, the Real stars finished at the top of their group, beating Mönchengladbach 2-0 on the final day, thanks to a brace from French international Karim Benzema.
Real will, however, have to deal with the absence of their star striker, injured and already forfeited against Valladolid on Sunday in La Liga.
Despite three consecutive European coronations during Zidane’s first term (2016, 2017 and 2018), the “White House” seems less formidable this season.
Outpaced by Atlético in La Liga, weighed down by absences, the Merengue team nevertheless relies on the magic of “ZZ” in this competition, which he won as a player (2002), as an assistant coach (2014) and as head coach (2016-2018).
Conversely, for its second participation only in the Champions League, Atalanta Bergamo advances without great certainties … but also without complexes.
The “Dea” (goddess, in Italian) of Gian Piero Gasperini had she not tamed another Spanish team, Valencia, at the same stadium last year, before falling only in additional time in the quarters against Paris SG (2-1)?