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Wednesday February 24 2021
Pessina swapped shirts with Kroos

Matteo Pessina reveals he got to swap shirts with his idol Toni Kroos, but is still bitter that Atalanta were forced to play with 10 men against Real Madrid.

“It was a dream come true to play against Kroos, even though when you start playing, he becomes an opponent like any other. I managed to swap shirts with him at the end,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Muriel: 'Atalanta can turn it around'

Luis Muriel feels Atalanta were ‘dealt an injustice’ with the red card, but believe they ‘can turn it around in the second leg’ with Real Madrid after a 1-0 home defeat.

La Dea held out for 86 minutes before conceding a Ferland Mendy strike from distance, despite having Remo Freuler harshly sent off just 17 minutes in.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Gasperini: 'Referee ruined the game'

Gian Piero Gasperini feels the referee ‘ruined the game’ with that early red card. ‘We might’ve lost to Real Madrid anyway, but at least we would’ve been allowed to play.’

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Toloi: 'Atalanta proved ourselves with Madrid'

Rafael Toloi believes Atalanta emerge stronger from their defeat to Real Madrid. ‘We know that we can do well against anyone and there’s a second leg to play.’

La Dea defended heroically for 86 minutes, despite seeing Remo Freuler very harshly sent off after just 17 minutes, capitulating only to a long-range Ferland Mendy strike.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
CL: Atalanta aggrieved against Real Madrid

Atalanta can feel absolutely aggrieved after neutralising Real Madrid, despite a very harsh Remo Freuler red card 17 minutes in, only to lose the first leg in the final minutes.

Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Liveblog: Atalanta vs. Real Madrid

Follow the build-up and action as it happens ahead of Atalanta vs. Real Madrid in the Champions League tonight.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, follow the Liveblog HERE.

The match kicks off at 20.00 UK time, when the Orobici hos the Spanish giants in the first leg of the last 16 this Wednesday.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Capello: 'Inexplicable Freuler red card!'

Fabio Capello found it ‘inexplicable’ that Remo Freuler was sent off for Atalanta against Real Madrid. ‘I am starting to get doubts…’

The midfielder was shown a straight red card just 17 minutes into the Champions League Round of 16 tie in Bergamo for a foul on Mendy.

It was just outside the area and considered a clear scoring opportunity, although a yellow card would probably have been sufficient.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Thigh injury for Duvan Zapata

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata limped off during the Champions League clash with Real Madrid due to a suspected thigh strain.

The Colombia international played 30 minutes of the Round of 16 tie in Bergamo.

According to the initial reports from Sky Sport Italia at pitch-side, it is a suspended left thigh strain.

This could require several weeks out of action, especially as Duvan Zapata has a physical structure that has caused issues with muscular problems in the past.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Marino: 'Atalanta want to give back to Bergamo'

Atalanta director Umberto Marino looks back over everything that happened in Bergamo over the past year as they host Real Madrid.

The Champions League Round of 16 tie kicks off at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Butragueno admires Atalanta attack

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno admits they are missing some key players and Atalanta ‘are very dangerous when attacking.’

The Champions League Round of 16 tie kicks off at 20.00 GMT in Bergamo.

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