Real Madrid – La Liga Atalanta first leg will be 100th knockout match
Real Madrid will become the first team in history to reach a century of Champions League knockout matches on Wednesday night.
The first leg of their last 16 tie with Atalanta in Bergamo will mark their 100th game in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition.
Los Blancos also hold the record for consecutive appearances in the Champions League knockout stages, with this being their 25th successive year.
Behind them in the number of knockout matches in the competition are Bayern Munich on 96 and Barcelona on 95.
Given their current figures, Bayern are likely to reach a century before this season is out. After their first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona are not.
As for Real Madrid, their fortunes have changed in Europe of late. They’ve won just four of their last 10 matches in the Champions League.
In the knockout stages, they’ve failed to get past the last 16 for the last two seasons, having been knocked out by Ajax and Manchester City. Their only win in those four games came at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
This campaign, Zinedine Zidane‘s side have experienced a draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, a win over Inter and a loss to Shakhtar Donetsk on their travels on the continent.
While Real Madrid have not played Atalanta in Bergamo before, their coach has. Zidane had a record of two wins, one draw and one defeat from four visits there as a Juventus player.