Sunday, August 1

Madrid is playing the future in Europe again without Hazard

  • The Belgian is injured again and will not be able to play against Atalanta

  • Zidane’s team arrives with a 0-1 advantage in the first leg in Italy

The Champions League is back for him Real Madrid with the second leg of the round of 16 against Atalanta, and does it again danger of sin who had reappeared in the last quarter of an hour against Elche, but who did not train in the previous one and has been left out of the call after suffering a new muscle injury, officialized by the club.

“He will not be able to play,” Zidane announced. “Something is happening. Few times in his career had he been injured. There are many things that affect, we have talked about the preseason, about the many games … And the head also affects ”, assumed the white coach between the insistence of the questions about the Belgian.

White advantage

Unlike the rest of the European representation in the Champions League, Madrid won in the first leg and does not come with the obligation to seek a victory against Atalanta who is in his natural role having to attack without measure. But the Champions League comes to him after another league day in which he returned to get the game through with the right thing, with a comeback in the discount thanks to two goals from Benzema: “We have to score more goals. We have chances and all those who play at the top want to contribute ”, said the French forward in the previous one.

To generate chances against a well-equipped team in defense, he had to resort to a final outburst, between annoyed and enraged by Elche’s initial goal, but the forecasts in the Champions League are different: Atalanta was forced in the first leg, after an expulsion, to show its more defensive version, the one that was revealed insufficient after Mendy’s last goal, but its nature is to be a much more offensive team and that suits Madrid’s game idea of ​​the pandemic: first a solid defense and little brilliance in attack. Zidane’s team will have many spaces to run, an oasis of freedom at the back of an Italian defense chasing the rival across the field.

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Three centrals

With the return to the starting eleven of Modric and Kroos, who rested the weekend, Madrid aspires to punish the daring that Atalanta is supposed to be, although the loss due to a penalty of Casemiro it opens a waterway in the established defense system of the whites. With Sergio Ramos back, as if he had not left, protagonist in both areas and in the controversy, Zidane’s option is to repeat the system of three centrals that he rehearsed against Elche, in addition to the possible entry of Valverde: “It is an alternative that we have, we will see how we are going to do it ”, is all that a Zidane said who aspires to consolidate a defensive wall to launch Benzema and a companion with many candidates in attack: Rodrygo, Vinicius, Asensio, even Isco.

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