Real Madrid will head to Italy to face Atalanta in the first leg of the Champions League on Wednesday, and the Spanish team has a preference over Italian teams in recent European competitions.

The Whites have won 10 of their last 11 Champions League matches and lost only one match (3-1) in the quarter-finals against Juventus.

This defeat did not prevent Real Madrid from reaching the final season (2018-2017) in Cardiff, given real's superiority in the first leg 3-0.

In fact, Real Madrid has won their last five matches and has not lost in Italy since 5 May 2015, losing to Juventus in the semi-finals 1-2. 

Real Madrid drew in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu with a goal to knock the title holder out of the tournament, the last exclusion of Real Madrid by an Italian team.

Wednesday's meeting will be the first clash between Real Madrid and Atalanta, who already eliminated Valencia last year, and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane will try to maintain his team's superiority over Italian teams.

Real Madrid has played 76 matches (in official competitions) with Italian teams, with 39 wins, 11 draws, and 26 losses, scoring 122 goals and 93 assists.