This Tuesday March 16, 2021, Real Madrid host Atalanta Bergamo in a match counting for the knockout stages of the 2020-2021 edition of the Champions League. This match will take place at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid (Spain) and kick off will be at 9:00 p.m. During the first leg, on February 24, Real Madrid won in Italy 1-0. Frenchman Ferland Mendy scored the only goal of the match in the 86th minute of play. expulsion of Remo Freuler from the 17th minute on the side of Atalanta.
Real Madrid - Atalanta: The rematch!
4th in the UEFA rankings against 26th.
Team for 745 million euros against one for 358 million. euros.
1/16 final rematch for the Champions League after 1-0 for Real Madrid in the first match.
What to expect then?
To answer this question, we need to remember what type of teams we are talking about. If someone accidentally forgot.
Then let's estimate what their current form is approximately. Or rather, its current trends.
Let's pay attention to the news in both clubs.
And to put together the whole picture of what we expect to see.
Finally, of course, is the most important thing. Namely, to determine what the value pledge is and whether there is one at all.
Real Madrid is in good shape!
Real Madrid is until recently an absolute hegemon. And not only in Spain, but also in European football.
However, after a long period of difficulties in La Liga, he now has a chance to attack his title defense again.
At the same time, in the Champions League we surprisingly find that in the last two editions they drop out at this very stage.
From Ajax and Manchester City.
In total, they are in a series of 8 games without a loss from all tournaments. But they have only 5 victories from their last 12 in the Champions League.
On Saturday, they struggled to win with late goals over Elche. But we don't know if it's because of the thought of the upcoming match.
Their staffing problems were reduced. But they are not small yet. The protection is the most affected.
Carvajal, Odriosola, Marcello and Mariano Diaz will be missing. Casemiro was penalized after a card from the first meeting.
One Hazard is expected to appear as a reserve.
Atalanta is not to be underestimated!
Atalanta are an indisputable discovery. Not only for Serie A, but also for European football.
Although they have recently been in the Euro tournaments, they have already reached the next phase of the Champions League twice.
As in the previous edition, they lost unhappily after leading in the result with two late goals of the future finalist PSG.
Hatebour is still in the hospital, and he is an important defender.
Of course, midfielder Froiler will be without punishment. Pasalic, who scored 2 goals for La Spezia, will replace him.
Zapata was fully reserved for this match.
Prediction for Real Madrid - Atalanta
For the first match between these teams, as I guessed , Atalanta bet on a conservative approach with the idea of not conceding a goal.
They almost succeeded. Although they stayed early with a player less.
Now, however, it is a rematch in qualitatively new circumstances around it.
Its entire development will depend only on what approach the guest team will choose.
No one can afford to know that. But it is easy to assume the only two possible.
The first is again conservative as the level of risk increases as the meeting progresses. Logical, acceptable and completely plausible.
But the second is just the opposite.
Two ultra-offensive teams meet.
Real Madrid have only one home in which they have not scored a goal before the break.
And Atalanta have only 4 away games with a clean sheet until half time.
Zinedine Zidane said that he wants at least 2 goals in his match from his players.
And his colleague Gasperini said that they should take advantage of the staffing problems of the White Ballet.
For me, these positions of the two coaches give me reason to be more inclined to the second approach, which I shared.
Unfortunately, the bookmaker also seems to expect high results. But he doesn't expect our bet to appear in the First Half.
Let's surprise him then. Even if it is a possible mistake, it is still worth it.
Top facts and statistics for the match
- Real Madrid have not lost in their last 8 games: 6-2-0.
- Atalanta have won 6 of their last 8 games: 6-0-2.
- Atalanta is in a series of 5 victories as a guest in the Champions League.
- He has under 2.5 goals in the last 4 away games of Atalanta, as well as in 6 of 7 matches of Real Madrid.
- In their respective league, Real Madrid won at home against Elche in Spanish La Liga and Atalanta defeated La Spezia in Italian Serie A.
- Karim Benzema and Duwan Zapata, respective top scorers for Real Madrid and Atalanta Bergamo, will be the two players to watch in this meeting.
- 5 games, 5 victories: this is the record of Atalanta Bergamo during its last 5 trips to the Champions League.
- Real Madrid have won 4 of their last 5 Champions League games and remain on 2 wins without conceding a goal.
- Since their confrontation 3 weeks ago, Real Madrid have lined up 3 games without defeat and Atalanta have played 4 games (3 wins and 1 loss).
Last 5 Real Madrid matches:
|03/13/21||LL||Real Madrid||Christmas tree||2: 1||P|
|03/07/21||LL||Atletico||Real Madrid||1: 1||Р|
|03/01/21||LL||Real Madrid||Sociedad||1: 1||Р|
|02/24/21||SHL||Atalanta||Real Madrid||0: 1||P|
|02/20/21||LL||Valladolid||Real Madrid||0: 1||P|
Last 5 Atalanta matches:
|02/24/21||SHL||Atalanta||Real Madrid||0: 1||З|
Last direct meetings:
|02/24/21||SHL||Atalanta||Real Madrid||0: 1|