Atalanta could not withstand the match against Real

Atalanta could not withstand the match against Real

In the Champions League round of 16 first leg, Atalanta could not withhold a draw result in Bergamo and lost to Real Madrid 0:1.

Initially, both teams had line-up problems. While Atalanta did not have Hateboer, Real had a lot more staffing problems. Madrid entered the game without Hazard, which is not new for Zidane's team, as well as without Benzema, Valverde, Carvajal, Marcelo, Militao, Odriozola, Ramos and Rodrigo.

Therefore, it is not surprising that both teams acted carefully from the start and did not try to push it too hard. Atalanta came out with the standard 3-4-1-2 formation and Real Madrid in 4-3-3 formation. There were no tactical surprises exactly until 17 minutes, when the main referee of the match, Stieler, removed Freuler for a foul on Vinicius. The foul frankly was not a red card, but the referee considered it a so-called foul of the last resort and sent off the midfielder.

After that, It did not get any easier for Real, since Atalanta competently defended in their half of the pitch. Without the main players of the attack, los Blancos barely passed the second third of the pitch and relied only on fouls against Vinicius Junior, which the Brazilian collected at an enviable speed.

Unfortunately, due to the dismissal, it was not possible to see an interesting confrontation on a collision course. Atalanta shot only twice in the entire match and never hit the target. At the same time, Real Madrid sometimes had moments. The most striking shot was from Modric at the beginning of the second half, but the ball rolled inches from the post.

Gasperini was not going to fully sit out in defense and still hoped to gain luck on counterattacks. First, he replaced injured Zapata, then Ilicic came out instead of Muriel, but this did not bring any result. Moreover, at the 85th minute, the coach released Palomino and Malinovskyi instead of Mehle and Ilicic, respectively. The players did not have time to disassemble the Real Madrid players at the corner and Kroos and Modric gave the ball to Mendy, who the guys from Bergamo did not manage to cover.

Real had the ball 68% of the time and shot 18 times on Gollini’s goal. But in general, the game of the Madridian team cannot be called productive. This is the merit of the chief referee of the match, who made us contemplate not the most interesting spectacle of the defending team against the attacking team throughout the match. But other things being equal, we are sure that the confrontation would be much more interesting.

It will be all the more interesting to watch the second leg match, where Atalanta will need to score and Gasperini will drive the guys forward. If Sergio Ramos does not recover by that time, the probability of goals will increase significantly. Moreover, we all remember how Ajax played at Santiago Bernabeu. Therefore, Atalanta has chances, but how big they are - only the readiness of the teams in three weeks and the objectivity of the referee will show.