Vinicius Jr, Nacho Fernández, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, during a Real Madrid training session

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Returns the Champions League for him Real Madrid with a very different reality to how it was in the month of December. The whites finished as leaders of their group, but it was not until the last day when they obtained the ticket for the eighth and it is that even, calculator in hand, it would have been possible to see the thirteen-time champion of Europe out of competition at the first turn.

The 2020/2021 season has become a real roller coaster for Real Madrid. But after going through a bad dynamic, the merengue team has redirected its flight and has already accumulated four consecutive victories, just before the return of the European tournament.

The truth is that this is the Real Madrid competition. Nobody has won it as many times as the Spanish club and neither has any team chained 24 consecutive qualifications to the final phase of the Champions League. Data that only confirm that the Concha Espina club and the Champions League are linked by an invisible thread.

Vinicius Jr, Nacho Fernández, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, during a Real Madrid training session

This is something that players know. Both those who defend the elastic merengue as those who aspire to do it one day, as well as those who have seen and see the faces against the white team. That is why despite the plague of injuries that Real Madrid has, in the dressing room the return of the maximum continental competition is experienced with a different humor.

Zidane He said it at a press conference: “It’s a final.” But also Kroos has made public the feelings of the dressing room regarding the tie against Atalanta. The ‘Kaiser’ has highlighted that these two games face them as “two finals”, but also that the real Champions “begins now”.

Zidane press conference prior to Atalanta – Real Madrid in the Champions League

“We know the situation. It is a final for us. For me the Champions League begins now. We know that it will be a difficult game and not only because of the casualties we have. It is a good team that knows how to play good football and also attack well. For us it will be difficult to control their game with the ball. We will have to defend well, for sure. It will be important to get a good score, “Kroos told the media.

The time has come

It is often said that good things begin in February. The league begins to decide when it faces its final stretch and the same thing happens with the other most important titles of the course such as Copa del Rey and, of course, the Champions League.

The white team is out of the Cup after falling by surprise before the Alcoyano in its premiere this season in the cup competition, but in La Liga they are second, just three points behind Athletic -although the mattresses with one game less-, and in the Champions League everything depends on what happens against Atalanta.

Pineapple of Real Madrid players to celebrate Toni Kroos' goal

Pineapple of Real Madrid players to celebrate Toni Kroos’ goal


Casualties are no excuse. They hurt, they annoy … yes, but in the dressing room they believe that now the good thing begins and that everyone must contribute their bit, they must take a step forward to achieve the objectives. And the first of them is none other than to beat Atalanta and be among the eight best teams in the Old Continent.

[Más información: El Atalanta, la presión como religión y el ataque como mejor defensa]



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