Tuesday, February 23, 2021 –
The whites, weighed down by injuries but with greater defensive strength, face a rival who scored 98 goals in Serie A.
On the walk around the Venetian walls of the Upper Town of Brgamo, a dozen old people chat while feeding the pigeons, social distancing and masks through. A constant word is extracted from their conversation: Covid-19. His city and the entire region of Lombard were the European epicenter of the first outbreaks of coronavirus just a year ago. Twelve months that seem like a lifetime. Here we have suffered a lotThey answer, encouraged by that twinning, in the good and now also in the bad, which the Spanish and Italian cultures have always had, but tired, like everyone else, of the eternal pandemic and its consequences.
The stones of the wall were built by the Republic of Venice, I conquered them Napolen, the dominated Australian empire and released them Garibaldi, a national hero, who is honored by one of the doors. And now, more than a century and a half later, the rocks turned into a tourist attraction look down on the Estadio Atleti Azzurri of Italy (Blue Athletes of Italy), renowned for marketing to Certainly stage. A mousetrap from the 1930s from where you can hear the echoes of church bells, venue, tonight (21:00), of the event of the year in the city: the visit of Real Madrid in the Champions League.
It would be easy to make a smile between the walls of that Citt Alta and the style of play of your football team, but Atalanta does not meet typical. It does not bear the name of his city, but that of the Greek heroine who was idolized for her hunting skills, is the set of Serie A that has played the most championships without belonging to the capital of a region, the one that has played the most campaigns in the First Division without winning a Scudetto and is led by the man who has revolutionized Calcium: Gian Piero Gasperini, which broke the topic of catenaccio and it has turned Atalanta, like the goddess, into a club that seeks to hunt rather than be hunted.
Disastrous January, bright February
Unknown to the general public and to Madrid itself, -we don’t know them much, Kroos admits yesterday-, and a trap for rivals, the Italian team scored 98 league goals last season and he has already been 72 in 33 matches this year between the local tournament, Europe and the Cup. In this case, the smil of the wall will have to be found in the visiting team.
The Real Madrid squad arrived in Brgamo yesterday morning after receiving in Valdebebas the greeting of Florentino Prez, who stayed in Spain despite testing negative for coronavirus twice. The expedition is missing a large part of Zidane’s spine (Carvajal, Ramos, Hazard and Benzema) and secondary luxury such as Valverde, Rodrygo and Marcelo, in addition to Militao and Odriozola. Nine casualties that have allowed the presence of some of the champions of the last Juvenile Champions and that they have forced the coach to pull the ‘Team B ‘, or almost’ C ‘, during the month of February.
One goal against in four games
The result, yes, has been brilliant. After a disastrous January, in which he fell into Super Cup semifinals, in the third round of the Cup and in the league against Levante, Madrid, like the Venetians, has rebuilt the same defensive strength that handed them the league title on a plate last summer and that has allowed them to stalk Atltico leadership. They have won all four games and conceded only one goal. Between Huesca, Getafe and Valencia they fired three shots at goalkeeper and although in Pucela the team suffered, Courtois saved them.
But Europe is another matter and Madrid has two in a row saying goodbye in the eighth, losing against Ajax and Mancher City. Now the Champions begins, insists Kroos. And it is the continental competition, the one in which the desired Mbapp and Haaland are displayed, the one that acts as true equipment level thermometer and the decisions of the club. The first place gave a friendlier draw, but this ‘Madrid B’ with Vincius, Mariano and Asensio at the tip of the attack may discover more than one trap in Brgamo city.
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