2/24/21 3 pm
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Atalanta is welcoming Real Madrid to Gewiss Stadium in the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.
Atalanta is on a 3-game winning streak, and they have scored 8 goals in their last 3 games. With the departure of their captain, Papu Gomez, I expected Atlanta to lost some of their offensive flare, but on the contrary, Atalanta has improved. In their Champions League group, Atalanta has won 2nd place with 11 points, 10 scored goals, and 8 conceded goals. In their last game against Napoli at home, Atalanta has had 47% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a decent 83% of the correct passes. The first half of this game was uneventful, but in the second half seemed like two completely different teams came back on the field. We saw 6 goals in the second half, and Atalanta has won this match 4-2. Zapata is the leading goalscorer for Atalanta in the Champions League with 3 goals, while Muriel added 2 goals. Hateboer added 2 assists. Hateboer is the only injured player for Atalanta at the moment. Atalanta has gotten into good form just in time for the Champions League, and they will need everything at their disposal to beat Real Madrid.
Real Madrid is also in great form, and they are on a 4-game winning streak while winning 5 of their last 6 games. During this streak Real has been solid in the attacking end with 7 scored goals, but their defense has been fantastic with only 1 conceded a goal in their last 4 games. With 52 points, Real Madrid is in second place in LaLiga, while they ended the group stage in the Champions League in 1st place with 10 wins, 11 scored goals, and 9 conceded goals. Benzema is the leading goalscorer for Real Madrid in the Champions League with 4 goals. The injury list is long in Real Madrid, and Rodrygo, Ramos, Valverde, Hazard, Carvajal, Marcelo, Militao, Odriozola, and Benzema are all on that list. Real Madrid was playing against Valladolid on the road on their last LaLiga game, and they have had 66% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. Real Madrid has won this game 0-1 with a goal in the second half. I know that Real Madrid is in good form, but I’m afraid all the injuries could have a serious impact on their game, especially against a good team like Atalanta.
Atalanta and Real Madrid have never played against each other. I think this will be a good game where Atalanta will be the better team, and I don’t think Real Madrid has the defense to stop them despite their good form. I’m taking Atalanta at home.