3/16/21 4 pm
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Real Madrid is hosting Atalanta at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in the second leg of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid is in good shape, and they are playing well on both ends, even though they are struggling a bit with scoring goals. Real Madrid is undefeated in their last 8 games while winning 6 of those 8 games. In LaLiga, Real Madrid is now in 3rd place, and they are 6 points behind Atletico at the top of the table. In their last game against Elche at home, Real Madrid was the better team with 65% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. After conceding a goal in the 61st minute, Real Madrid tied the score in the 73rd minute, and with a fantastic goal from Benzema in the 91st minute, Real Madrid has won this game 2-1. Benzema is the leading goalscorer for Real both in LaLiga, and in the Champions League. Carvajal, Diaz, and Odriozola are injured, while Hazard is questionable, but should be in the lineup. Real Madrid is facing a tough opponent here, and even though they have the advantage, this matchup is far from over.
Atalanta is a great team, and they are playing great soccer. Atalanta is playing in good form, and they have won their last game in Serie A against Spezia at home. Atalanta has had 47% of ball possession in that game, 7 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 81% of the correct passes. The first half ended in a 0-0 draw, but Atalanta was the better team in the second half, and they have deservedly won this game 3-1. In the first leg of this matchup in the Champions League, Atalanta was the better team even after they conceded a red card, but they ended up losing that game 0-1 which isn’t that bad, and Atalanta is still in play. Zapata has scored 3 goals for Atalanta in the Champions League, while Muriel added 2 goals. Hateboer and Sutalo are both injured for Atalanta at the moment. Atalanta is a dangerous team that can score a ton of goals, but not only that, Atalanta is capable of playing high-possession soccer, and they can completely shut the other team out. The problem for Atalanta is they need to attack to score a goal, but that could leave them open for counter-attacks, but on the other hand, if Atalanta is waiting too long, they are putting a lot of pressure on them.
The game from a few weeks ago was the first game between these two teams. I know Real Madrid is in good form, but so is Atalanta, and I for one would love seeing Atalanta getting through to the next stage. I will give this a shot with Atalanta.