Los Blancos managed to win their group even after their struggles during the Group Stage and therefore avoided to face tough teams like Bayern Munich, Manchester City or Liverpool in the next round of the competition.
Real Madrid should be considered the heavy favorites to advance to the Quarterfinals, but Zidane’s men will have to show up and make sure they take care of business, because the same could’ve been said when they lost to Shakhtar twice or even when they were eliminated by Ajax two years ago in the Round of 16.
Atalanta are a very offensive-minded team who have been playing quality football for the last few years. However, main star Papu Gomez seems to be ready to leave the club during the winter transfer window after an argument with coach Gasperini, so that should make Madrid’s job much easier. Furthermore, they’ve been underperforming so far this season, so it’s clear that it’d be a huge failure for Madrid not to go through.
All in all, Real Madrid avoided Red Bull Leipzig and can consider themselves lucky with this draw.