Real Madrid see some of the top players return to form at a crucial time of the season, and coach Zinedine Zidane will bring the team closer to full strength on Tuesday when he defends his victory from the first match over Atalanta in the round of 16 of the Champions League .
Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Eden Hazard – who recently missed several games due to injuries, including the first game against Atalanta – are all expected to be available for a second game at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Recently, Madrid had almost 10 players eliminated, but little by little they returned to action to help the club as it enters the final leg of the season while still fighting in the Champions League and Spanish League.
Benzema returned two games ago and Ramos played in a 2-1 victory over Elche in the Spanish league on Saturday. Hazard also played a few minutes against Elche, and Marcelo is due to return to the squad on Tuesday after being injured for more than a month.
Ramos and Azar were not nearly two months old. Ramos played from the beginning for Di Stefano, until Hazard came off the bench near the end of the match, in which Madrid won with two goals from Benzema, who missed three consecutive games.
There are still some doubts about the danger of Tuesday’s match, as he did not start Monday’s training session with the rest of the group.
The return of these players gives Zidane more tactical flexibility, as he has been experimenting with different settings recently and can take advantage of more options. He supports the 3-5-2 scheme he uses against Elche, and will probably try again.
Marcelo’s return could make it easier for him to use this formation, as the Brazilian can play well, helping to attack. The 3-5-2 scheme affected Zidane a few weeks ago when he switched from a 4-3-3 formation in the middle of the league match against Real Sociedad, when left-back Ferland Mendy fought and Madrid drew 1-1 at home. .
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has an almost full squad, although defender Remo Froyler was sent off after his red card in the first game. Madrid will be without the removed Casemiro due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Atalanta have won all their European home matches this season, including a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield. He won three of his four Serie A games after losing the first game to Madrid.
Atalanta is aiming to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the second consecutive season. Madrid has not escaped the last 16 in the last two seasons.