Few teams in world football work better under extreme pressure than Real Madrid, who arguably show their very best when they’re on the edge.
Every time a situation appears to be desperate, Zinedine Zidane‘s side are able to stand up and assert themselves, showing that Los Blancos can never be written off.
They’ve shown it countless times before, and that has continued to be true this season as well.
In January, Real Madrid were in crisis. They were cut adrift in LaLiga Santander, while they had been knocked out of the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.
But, as they always do, they’ve bounced back. They have a 1-0 lead to carry into their Champions League last-16 second leg, and they’re back in the title race as well.
This recent run has come with as many as eight -nine in Bergamo – players missing through injury.
“Real Madrid have a lot of injuries, but they win games,” Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini said before Wednesday’s game in northern Italy, and so it proved again.
Los Blancos come into March with an important step taken in Europe, now returning home with a 1-0 lead to protect. On top of that, they’re three points behind Atletico Madrid, and the derby is to come.
Los Rojiblancos could have had a 15-point lead a month ago, but their lead is not so secure now ahead of the derby on March 7.
Real Madrid are now in a positive position, and their injury absences are starting to return.
From looking like the season was lost to being in with a chance of winning LaLiga Santander and the Champions League, Real Madrid have shown again that they cannot be written off.