Tobias Stieler, German referee, during a Budesliga match

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The German Tobias Stieler has been appointed to lead the meeting this Wednesday Atalanta – Real Madrid, corresponding to the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. Those of Zinedine Zidane They start the last phase of the maximum continental competition with many casualties and against a fierce team, which already demonstrated its capabilities last season in this same tournament and which will seek to take advantage of the poor state of the Spanish teams in Europe.

Stieler will be assisted on the wings by his compatriots Christian gittelmann Y Eduard beitinger; the person in charge of the VAR will be Bastian Dankert next to Harm Osmers; and as fourth official the Swiss will officiate Sandro Scharer. All of them have only been in the same field once more as Real Madrid. The youth of this refereeing body draws attention, although the assessment of this referee is very positive in the UEFA environment.

Born on July 2, 1981 in Obertshausen, this lawyer managed to rise to the Bundesliga in 2012 and two years later he became an international referee. At 39, he has only directed seven meetings of the highest continental competition. Is referee FIFA since 2014, so it lives its sixth season with this condition. He is currently one of the best-valued referees on the German football scene.

Tobias Stieler, German referee, during a Budesliga match

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He directed his last Champions League game in the group stage in the Camp Nou, in the victory of Juventus by 0-3 on the Barcelona. Previously he directed the Marseille – Manchester City and the Liverpool – Ajax. This season he has also been refereeing matches for the Nations League As the England – Belgium (2-1) or the Portugal – France (0-1), so we are talking about a referee with a more than refined experience.

He directed Real Madrid last season in the field of Witches, where they beat Zinedine Zidane’s team by 1-3, and Atalanta in the defeat at home (1-2) against Shakhtar Donetsk. That was the only time they have met with the white team, so, although the precedents are positive, it is not a referee who accumulates great experience with the meringues. In that game he only got two yellow cards.

Fit

The rival of the white team arrives at this meeting in a great state of form. Tobacco Zapata Y Luis Muriel, with one goal and one assist each, and the Argentine Christian romero, with a high-level target and defensive performance, gave Atalanta a 4-2 victory this Sunday against Naples.

Got into zone Champions League Atalanta thanks to the performance of the Colombian duo that left the bench. All the goals of the game came in the second half and they asserted that ability to score many goals that this team has. Zapata who opened the scoring with a header from Muriel to the center and his teammate struck down the goal Alex Meret with a tremendous left foot to a squad for 3-1.

[Más información: Las claves que preocupan a Zidane del partido ante el Atalanta]

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