Atalanta is one of the new faces on the European scene, and the Italian team had a remarkable journey last season in the Champions League, ending in the quarter-finals at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.
On the other hand, Real Madrid reached the knockout stage for the 24th time in a row, the highest in the history of the Champions League.
The Merengue is looking forward to advancing the tournament with the goal of regaining glory with coach Zinedine Zidane. Despite the latter achieving a historic achievement upon winning the championship three times in a row, Real Madrid has moved away from the candidates’ circle in the past two seasons after being knocked out of the first rounds at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester City.
Real has won its last 5 visits against the Italian teams in European competitions, has scored 12 goals and conceded 1 goal. Today’s match will give a clearer picture of the course of the royal team in the tournament. Despite winning 13 Champions League titles to none for the Italian host, Atalanta possesses the tools to derail the Spanish team.
The royal team is looking forward to advancing the tournament with the goal of restoring glory
The visiting team suffered a big blow before the start of today’s match with the assurance of the absence of striker Karim Benzema – the fifth goal scorer in the European Champions League – due to injury, to join Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Rodrigo, Eder Militao, Daniel Carvajal and Federico Valverde. On the other hand, right-back Hans Hattipore is missing from Atalanta only due to injury.
Borussia Monchengladbach X Manchester City
In another match, Manchester City is a heavy guest against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Manchester City are looking to win the championship for the first time in the club’s history, while this is the first time that Gladbach has participated in the knockout stages of the Champions League, despite the team reaching the European Cup final in 1977.
The German team ranks eighth locally, despite its promising start to the season. The team’s results fell after coach Marco Rose was confirmed to leave the club for Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
On the other hand, City is at the top of the English Premier League, with a comfortable difference from the nearest chasers. The team’s victory over Arsenal last Sunday extended its winning streak to 18 consecutive games in all competitions, and City has kept its nets clean eight times in the last 10 matches in the Premier League.
An integrated system led by the Spanish coach Pep Guardiola this season combines defensive strength and offensive effectiveness despite the outstanding absences, which may make the team go on to win the Champions League for the first time in its history.
There are no absences from the German side, which leaves coach Marco Rose with many options for the upcoming confrontation. It is likely that Brill Empolo will start attacking, threatening Manchester City’s defenses, and it is also possible that Dennis Zakaria will enter the starting line-up to strengthen the midfield.
On the other hand, City will enter the meeting without the injured Nathan Aki, but Guardiola will be ready to rely on Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero again after their return from injury.