On February 24, Atalanta and Real Madrid will face each other in the highly-anticipated first leg of their ⅛ Champions League finals.
Having found themselves among the tough opponents, including Liverpool and Ajax, Gasperini’s side showed a decent display at the group stage. The Italian club managed to finish in 2nd place and advanced to the round of 16. Surprisingly enough, in the group fixtures Atalanta stumbled upon Midtjylland, the club from Denmark. Having confidently beaten the Danish Wolves in the first leg (0-4), Atalanta were not able to repeat the previous success in the second match and finished the home game in stalemates. The Italians didn’t excel Ajax at home either, drawing 2-2.
The first clash with Liverpool was totally dismal and ended 0-5 in favour of the visiting side. However, Atalanta took their revenge in a rematch (0-2).
All in all, the Orobici made it through and reached the ⅛ finals. Now, they will have to face the legendary Real.
Earlier, rumor had it that Zinedine Zidane might be sacked due to unsatisfactory results. Now, however, Real Madrid are sitting in the 2nd position in La Liga, having cut the gap to 3 points behind the leaders and city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos faced a difficult situation during the group stage. Until the very last round, it was not known which club would advance further in the tournament. At the very start, Real Madrid unexpectedly lost to Shakhtar (2-3) and drew a match with Borussia Monchengladbach (2-2). The game against Inter in the third round was decisive in all senses for Zidane’s team. And they managed to snatch a win (3-2). Moreover, the second match against Internazionale also ended in favour of Real Madrid (0-2).
Although Los Blancos didn’t redeem themselves for the first defeat from Shaktar, losing to the Ukrainians again in the second leg match (2-0), still they were able to take the first spot in their group and progress to the round of 16.
Gewiss Stadium in Italy will host the first leg, so, no wonder that Atalanta are seen as favourites to win the match. You can bet on their victory 1 to 2.56.
Real Madrid cannot be underestimated, they know how to qualify for quarterfinals. The odds on the triumph of Zidane’s squad are 2.67. Given the odds of 3.66, bookies consider a draw to be the least possible outcome.