We had all of the ball and we got a goal and the win, which is valuable away from home”, added Courtois.

Real Madrid got the better of Atalanta on the road in the first leg of the Round of 16 Champions League tie. Nacho, who played the full 90 minutes, summed up the game: “We didn’t find it easy, Atalanta were a man down and they sat right back, but we got the goal thanks to a superb hit by Mendy. We have to congratulate him, we’re thrilled with the goal but we’ve still got to play the second leg”.

“Our aim is to keep clean sheets, we’re doing a very good job defensively and we showed that again tonight. Against such a good side who are fantastic going forward, that’s no mean feat. There were more spaces today because the opposition were reduced to ten men but I like to get forward because it’s a way of breaking the lines and I feel comfortable doing it. It’s a shame that the move where it all went perfectly broke down with the final ball but I’m happy with the performance and having picked up a vital win”.

Goal
“We only got the one goal today but in recent games, the crucial thing is we haven’t been conceding. We have to appreciate what this team is doing. We’re back on track in LaLiga and we’re producing some very good performances”.