Zidane's Real Madrid Wary Of 'unknown' Atalanta
Sumaira FH 9 days ago Wed 24th February 2021 | 01:20 AM
Bergamo, Italy, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Feb, 2021 ) :Zinedine Zidane said Tuesday that Real Madrid were preparing for a "different game" against an Atalanta side the Spanish giants meet for the first time in the Champions League in Italy midweek.
"Atalanta have proved their worth in the last year.
But Real arrive in northern Italy with a long injury list including Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal.
"It's true there are a lot of players not available but we'll do with those that we have, we've prepared well for this match," continued Zidane.
"We have the right experience, we hope to reach the final. Real Madrid is like this, we go out on the pitch to win.
"Tomorrow will be a good game to continue what we've been doing lately." Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini insisted Real would not be hampered by their injuries as the team "transform" in the competition.
The Italian club, whose only major silverware was the Coppa Italia nearly six decades ago, reached the quarter-finals last season before a last-gasp loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
"Real Madrid transform in the Champions League compared to the league, the match against Inter Milan was a game of great quality and personality," said Gasperini of the Spanish champions' group wins over Antonio Conte's Italian league leaders.
"I don't believe much in these (injury) absences.
"They take away important players and talent, but it seems to me that the Real Madrid team has been able to become more humble and in fact have risen a lot in the league table.
"I'm convinced we'll find a team that is even more focused and determined." Gasperini said he would rather face Zidane as a coach than a player.
Gasperini recalled that when he coached the Juventus youth team he often went to watch Zidane, 48, training with the senior side.
"He was an absolutely top-class player for whom I find no comparison. Then as a coach he continued to win, right from the start, it means he has a DNA of football." Zidane laughed off Gasperini's praise.
"Luckily I'm not playing, I'm cooked," he said.
"Qualification will be decided there, tomorrow is only the first half of the match," he added.
"Real don't stop being a great team even if they have many injuries," added Muriel, who has scored 17 goals so far this season including two in the Champions League.
"The history of Real is clear, when they don't play well in the league then they reach the Champions League and pull the rabbit out of the hat."