Real Madrid take a narrow lead back to the Spanish capital after Ferland Mendy’s late strike put them on course for the last eight despite a dogged display from 10-man Atalanta.
The Serie A club played more than 70 minutes with ten men following Remo Freuler’s controversial red card and must now win in Madrid to book their place in the quarter-finals.
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Scoreline prediction: Real Madrid 1-1 Atalanta (11/2)
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Real Madrid vs Atalanta previous lineups & injury news:
- Atalanta (vs Real Madrid): Gollini; Tolói, Romero, Djimsiti; Maehle (Palomino 85), De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pessina; Zapata (Pašalić 30), Muriel (Iličić 56, Malinovskyi 86)
- Real Madrid (vs Atalanta): Courtois; Vázquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Asensio (Arribas 76), Isco (Hugo Duro 76), Vinícius Junior (Mariano Díaz 57)
Real Madrid are without nine players heading into the business end of the season.
Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal, Fede Valverde, Rodrygo, Alvaro Odriozola and Eder Militao are all sidelined. It means Zinedine Zidane has just 11 senior outfield players to call upon, though the injury crisis is expected to ease before the visit of Atalanta.
Casemiro is suspended for the second leg, but Rodrygo, Marcelo and Hazard are pushing to return in time. Ramos and Carvajal are due back in early April and could feature in the last eight if Real progress that far.
Meanwhile, Atalanta are expected to be without Duvan Zapata for the second leg after he limped out in the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid. The 29-year-old joins Hans Hateboer on the sidelines, with the Dutch right-back likely out for the remainder of the season after suffering a fractured metatarsal.
Kroos tips Bayern as ‘top favourite’
Toni Kroos has suggested Bayern Munich are “the top favourites” to win the Champions League this season.
The Real Madrid man helped steer his side to a 1-0 win over Atalanta to take control of their last-16 tie ahead of the return leg in Madrid in March. Real (12/1 to win the Champions League) have been sent packing at this stage in successive seasons, but have reached the final twice in the last four years.
Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the tournament (5/2), with defending champions Bayern also short odds (3/1). Bayern all-but booked their place in the last eight with a 4-1 win away at Lazio and Kroos believes they have the talent to string together back-to-back Champions League wins.
The 31-year-old, who won three straight European Cups with Real between 2016-2018, said: “Bayern are without a doubt one of the favourites. For being the current champions, but also for the quality it has.
“Bayern are definitely one of the favourites, if not the top favourite.”
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