Actual Madrid journey to Italy tomorrow night to face Atalanta within the final 16 first leg of the Champions League. Los Blancos received their group within the earlier section of the competitors, ending two factors away from each Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk and 4 factors away from Inter.
Madrid’s kind has improved after a shaky begin to the season. They’ve received 4 straight in La Liga and now sit on the shoulder of league leaders Atletico Madrid, simply three factors behind.
Atalanta sit fifth in Serie A, ten factors off league leaders Inter. They got here by means of a Champions League group together with Liverpool, Ajax and Midtjylland, ending two factors behind Liverpool, 4 away from Ajax and 9 away from Midtjylland.
Madrid are, nevertheless, coming into the sport with a spate of accidents. They’ll be with out key males together with Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and their inspirational captain Sergio Ramos, to call a number of. They’re quick 9 senior gamers in whole.
“I’m not the suitable individual to reply this,” Toni Kroos stated when requested about Madrid’s spate of accidents in pre-game feedback carried by Marca. “I’m virtually by no means injured and I don’t know what injured gamers do. I don’t know what they do at residence, how they do their rehabilitation. I’m not of their our bodies. I do know what I do, however I don’t know what occurs with them. It bothers us to have so many accidents, after all.”
Kroos was evasive when requested about whether or not he’d like Madrid to signal Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland this coming summer season. “They’re each superb and can assist any workforce,” he stated. “The issue is that tomorrow they received’t assist me, I’m targeted on my sport. That’s not my subject, however a query for Florentino [Perez].”
The Germain midfielder was clear about what he and his teammates wanted to do on Wednesday night. Win. “It’s a ultimate for us,” he stated. “We all know it’s a troublesome sport and never solely due to our accidents. They’re robust rival and know how you can play. We’ve to regulate the sport and dominate the ball. We’ve to do one thing offensively, but in addition defend nicely.”