A narrow winner in the first leg, Real Madrid receives a team from Atalanta Bergamo at ease on the move, Tuesday in the knockout stages of the Champions League, a meeting that Manchester City tackles more calmly against Mönchengladbach.
At home, Atalanta had lost 1-0 on a goal from Ferland Mendy scored at the end of a game played largely outnumbered.
The Italians, driven by a strong sense of injustice, may find there an engine to overthrow Real in the Spanish capital.
"It will be enough to win in Madrid, it will be necessary to win ... We are in the best possible position because there is only one possible result, it is necessary to win", summed up the coach Gian Piero Gasperini after the frustrating defeat to go.
The "Dea", quarter-finalist of the previous edition, storms the "White House" knowing that she is traveling well in the Champions League.
This season, the current fourth in Serie A has brought back only victories from his trips to FC Midtjylland (4-0), Liverpool (2-0) and Ajax Amsterdam (1-0), all without conceding the slightest goal.
Tuesday in Madrid, it will still be necessary to resist the firepower of Karim Benzema, author of a new double this weekend in the league and again operational in the Champions League after missing the first leg due to injury.
- Black series for M'Gladbach -
If qualification is still possible for Bergamo, it appears much more unattainable for Mönchengladbach after his 2-0 loss in the first leg against Manchester City.
The "Colts" are entangled in a spiral of six consecutive defeats, a black series which began after the announcement in mid-February of the departure at the end of the season of their coach Marco Rose.
"It's an incredibly difficult mission, but if we're having a very good day, a lot can happen in football," the future technician from Borussia Dortmund tried to say on Monday about the return leg relocated to Budapest. , because of the health context.
The Citizens of Pep Guardiola foresee for their part a fourth consecutive quarter-final thanks to a concrete defense: the leader of the Premier League remains on six matches of the Champions League without the slightest conceded goal.
Schedule of the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League:
(9 p.m.) Real Madrid (ESP) - Atalanta Bergamo (ITA)
Manchester City (ENG) - Mönchengladbach (GER)
(9 p.m.) Bayern Munich (GER) - Lazio Rome (ITA)
Chelsea (ENG) - Atlético Madrid (ESP)
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