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Zinedine Zidane said Tuesday Real Madrid are preparing for “another game” against an Atalanta side, who will meet the Spanish giants for the first time in the Champions League in Italy during the week

“It’s a different game for us, we don’t know our opponent. We have to adapt to this kind of game Atalanta has to play our football,” said the French coach on the eve of the last 16

“They are a very offensive team made up of excellent players They are solid and compact “

Zidane led Real to three of their 13 record European Cup titles in succession between 2016 and 2018

But Real come to Northern Italy with a long list of injuries, including Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal

“It is true that many players are not available, but we will deal with those that we have We prepared well for this game, “Zidane continued

“We have the right experience, we hope to make it to the final Real Madrid is like this, we go out on the field to win

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini insisted that Real would not be hampered by his injuries as the team “transforms” in competition

The Italian club, whose only big cutlery was the Coppa Italia almost six decades ago, reached the quarter-finals last season before losing to Paris Saint-Germain

“Real Madrid have changed in the Champions League compared to the league The game against Inter Milan was a game of great quality and personality, “said Gasperini of the Spanish championship group against Antonio Contes Italian leaders

“You are taking key players and talent with you, but it seems to me that the Real Madrid team have gotten more humble and have actually risen sharply in the table

“If he played I would be very worried. Fortunately, he’ll stay on the bench,” said 63-year-old Gasperini of the former Juventus and Real Madrid player

Gasperini remembered that as the coach of the Juventus youth team, he often watched Zidane (48) training with the senior national team

“He was an absolutely top-notch player for whom I can’t compare. Then he continued winning as a coach from the start, which means that he has a DNA of football”

“He did great things and he kept doing them, I like him as a coach”

It is important for Gasperini to March to stay in Madrid in the second leg

“Qualification will be decided there, tomorrow is only the first half of the game,” he added

Colombian striker Luis Muriel said he was looking forward to playing Real Madrid again after spending 18 months with Spanish club Sevilla

“Playing against Real Madrid is always prestigious. We won 3-2 at home with Sevilla and played a great game,” said the 29-year-old

“Real Madrid don’t stop being a great team even if they have a lot of injuries,” added Muriel, who has scored 17 goals so far this season, including two in the Champions League

“The story of Real is clear: if they don’t play well in the league, they’ll reach the Champions League and pull the rabbit out of their hat”

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News – USA – Zidane’s Real Madrid warn of ‘unknown’ Atalanta – France 24

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