ONE System | 24/02/2021 00:00
Real Madrid has left the bad period behind. The Blancos recorded four consecutive league victories, took advantage of Atletico’s stumbles and came close to three points from the top of La Liga. The Spanish champions will try to bring the encouraging mood tonight (Wednesday, 22:00) when they meet Atlanta for the first game in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Tony Cross He told the press conference: “We want to control the game, we know the opponent who knows how to play offensively. We are missing a lot of important players so we will have to be together. For us it’s like a final, the Champions League starts now. In games of this kind all team standing is important, there are no easy games. I’m always trying to do my part, I have Modric and Kasmiro here who’s used to collaborating together. “The level in Spain is higher than before, we no longer have the results we once saw.”
The German was asked about the possibility that Killian Ambape and Arling Brut Holland will arrive: “They are great players who can help any team, but they will not help us against Atlanta. This is a question that should be asked of President Florentino Perez. ” Cross was asked who he would like to cook in the Champions League final, for Ambape or Holland, and replied: “To Karim Benzema.”
Zindin Zidane He said: “We want to keep the same line from the recent period, the dynamics are good and everyone is focused on the difficult game. Of course we want to get to the end, every game is important and as Cross said – it’s a final. I’m lucky to have such good players on the team, I trust them. Everyone loves pressure, we play for it. “This is a game that is a bit like our deal with Ajax in 2019 – Atlanta is a physically strong team that knows how to do the job, but I don’t like comparisons.”
On the other hand, Luis Muriel He said: “It is always prestigious to play against Real Madrid. Given all we have and as always we will come alert and believe in ourselves, we know we deserve to play at the highest levels. “Real’s history is clear in the Champions League, even when it has injuries it is a great team.”