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Atalanta v Real Madrid: first hurdle in Champions League last-16 tie

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NEWS | 24/02/2021

The team travel to Bergamo for the first leg of an unprecedented tie in competition's history (9pm CET).
The two-month wait is over as Real Madrid return to Champions League action. The team faces the first leg of the knockout tie against Atalanta on the road to Istanbul in the round-of-16 first-leg contest (9pm CET). The game will be played at the Estadi di Bergamo and will be the first time that the two sides have met.

Madrid have prevailed in each of their last four LaLiga outings and are raring to get another taste of the club's favourite competition. The team have emerged victorious on the last four occasions that they have played the first leg of a last-16 Champions League tie on the road: in the 2018/19 season against Ajax (2-1); in the 2015/16 campaign against Roma (2-0); and against Schalke in 2014/15 and 2013/14 (2-0 and 6-1).

REAL MADRID ARE THE FIRST CLUB TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN 100 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUT TIES.

"It'll be a good game of football against an attack-minded side who are extremely fit", commented Zidane in his pre-match press conference, where he lined up alongside Toni Kroos. A 19-man squad has travelled to Bergamo as the Whites bid to take a first step towards the quarter-finals. 

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Atalanta enjoyed an excellent campaign in last season's edition of Europe's elite club competition as they reached the last eight. This time round, the Italians finished runners-up in Group D, where they faced Liverpool, Ajax and Midtjylland. In Serie A, the team is locked in the battle for the Champions League spots along with Roma, Lazio and Napoli, who they beat 4-2 just three days ago.

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