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Nacho: “If we can keep a clean sheet the goals usually arrive”

Thu 25 February 2021 | 14:46

Real Madrid had a precious1-0 away triumph against Atalanta in the Champions League last 16 first leg.

Ferland Mendy scored a goal for Real Madrid in the 86th minute after his team struggled to defeat their ten-man opponent.

Madrid

’s form has been improved after a weak start in this season. They’ve won four consecutive matches in La Liga and now stand 2nd on the table and three points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid.

The game started furiously and full of incidents. Remo Freuler was sent off for Atalanta in the 17th minute in a questionable decision before Casemiro earned a yellow card that will guarantee his absence for the second leg. 

Madrid

 

couldn't utilize all their chances for most of the game.

“We only managed to score one goal, it’s true,”

Nacho

said after the game in comments carried by

Marca

“But we have to attribute a lot of value to what the team have done.

“We’ve re-engaged in La Liga, we’ve won here. We’re making an effort. The objective of these games is to leave with a clean sheet, and we did a very good defensive job. It’s true that the rival was one less [down to ten men] but it wasn’t easy. If we can keep a clean sheet the goals usually arrive.”

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