Learn about the most important technical points against Atalanta and Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

Atalanta lost to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League with a clean goal.

The game saw a lot of variables from the first minutes after Remo Freuler was dismissed in the first quarter of an hour.


Here are the highlights of today's interview:

Real Madrid attack 

Zidane started the game with a somewhat confusing and unusual idea at Real Madrid, namely the switch at the center of the spearhead between Isco, Asensio, and Vinicius.

Isco was coming out a lot from the box to make the game and enters Vinicius and Asensio into the box with the forwards Mendy and Nacho.

Zidane found himself forced to start in this form with Mariano Diaz only out there with young striker Hugo Duro.


Madrid control

Real Madrid dominated the game quickly from the start and owned the ball but without real danger in the first half-hour of the game.

However, Atalanta had more than one club at the start before Remo Freuler got the red card.

Real Madrid had everything in the first half after the dismissal, but the only chance came from across for Casemiro.


Gasperini Intelligence

The Atalanta coach found himself without a midfield that could control the Real Madrid stars who had come and walked into the stadium.

All this while playing with a lesser player since the 17th minute of the meeting, he decided to push Mario Pašalić, who enjoys great speed, and Zapata helped him on that decision after being injured early.

Atalanta maintained their form with Pašalić and the defensive organization in the hope that they would not receive any goals that would make the return game difficult.

With Pašalić, the team's offensive rebound was better given the Croatian player's speed in midfield.


Correcting the situation

Zidane decided after the missed chance of Vinicius to correct the situation in his attacking line and finally relied on Mariano Diaz who was on the bench.

Diaz played as an outspoken striker freely to move in the penalty area and freed the duo Vázquez and Mendy completely in the absence of the Italian attack during the first quarter of the second half.

Zidane tried to improve things by pushing Arribas and Hugo Duro in place of the duo Asensio and Isco but all of this to no avail, and the solution came only from the back of Ferland Mendy as if Zidane had regained the swimming pool that everyone had ridiculed for years.


Best of the game: Gasperini and Modric

It would be unfair for only one person to get the title of best in today's meeting, especially if one of them was Luka Modric or Gasperini.

Gasperini, for his part, planned and studied Real Madrid spectacularly, and tried in all ways to end the danger of the middle of the Real Madrid stadium, the main engine of the royal club.

He did it in a simple way for minutes, but at the same time, Luka Modric managed with several touches and moves to make all the work done by Gasperini useless.

But in the end, Gasperini did not feel the numerical deficit that his team suffered specifically on the defensive level, perhaps more commendable than Modric even if his team had lost by a goal.