Real Madrid vs Atalanta live. On Wednesday, the UEFA Champions League round of 16 will see Atalanta’s high-flying attack welcome mighty Real Madrid to Northern Italy for the first leg of what is sure to be an explosive tie. Both teams are coming off much-needed victories over the weekend in league play, but with this exciting showdown, the focus now turns to the continental level. Atalanta hopes for another t-run. Real Madrid vs Atalanta live
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- Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Gewiss Stadium — Bergamo, Italy
Real Madrid: In some competitions this season, Los Blancos have not been very convincing, but they are on a good run of results and are back in the La Liga chase. But they are going to need a defense-first mindset against the deadly assault of Atalanta to keep going in the UCL. We hardly ever see Real sit back and concentrate on defense, although we may see that here with the skill of the Italian side to get forward. With no Karim Benzema for Real, who in the attacking third is going to apply the pressure to try to generate turnovers and go on the counter? All eyes will be on Nacho in defense, who must be at the level of Raphael Varane if they have any hope of a clean sheet being recorded.
Atalanta: Atalanta’s attack was on fire, as normal, but in four out of their last seven games, the defense surrendered multiple objectives. This free-flowing assault will lead to opportunities for the opposing team as many players pass forward, and it will be prudent to try to avoid shooting here, as the law of away goals comes into play. Atalanta will get their opportunities, but it may not be wise here to play three at the back.