NEWS | 24/02/2021The team travel to Bergamo for the first leg of an unprecedented tie in competition's history (9pm CET).
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).
"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.
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.