Wednesday February 24 2021
Nacho hails 'defensive job' against 10-man Atalanta

Nacho maintains Real Madrid ‘did a very good defensive job’ against an Atalanta side down to 10 men for 73 minutes.

The Spaniards snatched a last-gasp victory through Ferland Mendy’s long-range strike in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

“We only managed to score one goal, it’s true,” Nacho said in quotes carried by

“But we have to attribute a lot of value to what the team have done. We’ve re-engaged in La Liga, we’ve won here. We’re making an effort.”

The match was transformed when Remo Freuler was controversially shown a straight red card after 17 minutes for what seemed at best a yellow card offence.

“The objective of these games is to leave with a clean sheet, and we did a very good defensive job,” continued Nacho.

“It’s true that the rival was one less [down to ten men], but it wasn’t easy. If we can keep a clean sheet the goals usually arrive.”