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It’s match day
Yesterday, the squad had their last training session for the game against Atalanta.
The Real Madrid squad took to the Stadio di Bergamo for the final training session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 meeting against Atalanta (9pm CET) pic.twitter.com/ngf6TdhrnN— Real Madrid Info ³⁴ (@RMadridInfo) February 23, 2021
The squad list for both teams
Below is Atalanta’s squad list for the game. Jose Perez wrote a great article, breaking down Atalanta’s offense. As Perez put it:
Atalanta’s offense focuses heavily on the wings, with relatively little happening through the middle.
Giving details on how Atalanta likes to play, he analyzed the pros/cons of two approaches Zidane might opt for the game: press aggressively or defend deep to exploit Atalanta’s high line. Give the article a read!
Atalanta #UCL pic.twitter.com/TEwtO2sEUg— Los Blancos Live (@LosBlancos_Live) February 23, 2021
Let’s remember one more time Real Madrid’s squad list for this game. Unfortunately, we have several important absences, such as Ramos, Carvajal and Benzema.
✅ Our 19-man squad for the match against @Atalanta_BC!#UCL pic.twitter.com/kT5ML6qV0d— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) February 22, 2021
Other Spanish teams
With Atletico losing (0-1) to Chelsea, 3 Spanish clubs (Barcelona and Sevilla being the other two) that have played their first leg of UCL Round of 16 have all lost at home. Definitely feels like La Liga’s cycle of dominance is well and truly over, unless of course Los Blancos can do something about that.
It’s poll time
Vote how do you think Zidane will start this game:
How Zidane will play against Atalanta?
This poll is closed
No surprises for this game: 4-3-3 with KCM; Vinicius, Asensio and Mariano.
Isco will start this game in the diamond
Any of the above. Zidane will make other changes.