The UEFA Champions League round of 16 continues this week, with a match between Real Madrid and Atalanta highlighting action from the first leg of Europe’s best football competition at Gewiss Stadium on Wednesday 24 February (24 / 02/2021).
Atalanta vs Real Madrid is one of four round of 16 first leg matches scheduled for this week in the UEFA Champions League. The game will be broadcast on TUDN in Spanish. All four games can be streamed live on fuboTV and CBS All Access. CBS All Access is the only place to get all four matches in English for viewers in the United States.
Real Madrid finished first in Group B with 10 points and a 3-1-2 record. For Madrid, it is also a record 24th consecutive season to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Atalanta finished 2nd in Group D behind Liverpool with 11 points and a 3-2-1 record. Their only loss came in a 5-0 beating from Liverpool in November. This is the first time that Real Madrid and Atalanta have faced each other in a competition.
What is the UEFA Champions League TV schedule for the round of 16, stage 1?
All time ET.
Tuesday, February 23rd
- Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea, 3:00 p.m. on CBS Sports, TUDN (in Spanish). Streams: fuboTV, CBS All Access, Hulu + Live TV
- Lazio vs Bayern Munich, 3:00 p.m. on Galavision (in Spanish). Stream: fuboTV, CBS All Access
Wednesday, February 24
- Atalanta vs Real Madrid, 3:00 p.m. on TUDN (in Spanish). Stream: fuboTV, CBS All Access
- Monchengladbach vs Manchester City, 3 p.m. on Galavision (in Spanish). Stream: fuboTV, CBS All Access
The second stage of the round of 16 will begin on Tuesday March 9.
Where can I stream the UEFA Champions League live for free?
CBS All Access is the best place to stream the UEFA Champions League for fans in the United States. CBS All Access is offering live broadcasts in English for this week’s four games and all of the round of 16, which will continue through March. CBS All Access comes with a FREE one-week trial.
Champions League matches on CBSSN can also be streamed live on fuboTV (1 week free) and Hulu with Live TV. Matches on Galavision and TUDN can be broadcast in Spanish on fuboTV. These services are available on Amazon Fire, Apple and Android devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and more.
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Associated Press preview
LONDON (AP) – The talking points for the Champions League ahead of the second leg of the round of 16 on Tuesday and Wednesday:
LAZIO VS. BAYERN MUNICH
Defending champions Bayern Munich have growing problems heading into Tuesday’s game. The coronavirus is having a negative effect on the squad with Thomas Müller and Benjamin Pavard out of the match in Rome, although Javi Martínez and Leon Goretzka have recovered. The latter made his return on Saturday with a second-half appearance, but couldn’t prevent Bayern from collapsing to a 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt, days after the Bavarian giants were held 3 -3 at home by Arminia Bielefeld, threatened with relegation. French midfielder Corentin Tolisso is also absent after tearing a muscle in training last week. Five points lost in two Bundesliga games have given rivals hope and increased pressure on tired Bayern players after their grueling schedule, including a Club World Cup appearance in Qatar. Lazio are in good form ahead of their first knockout stage appearance in 20 years. The Italian club struggled more than expected against Sampdoria but clinched a 1-0 victory to claim their seventh win in eight Serie A games. His injury problems are easing but defenders Ștefan Radu and Luiz Felipe and goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha are still absent.
ATLETICO MADRID VS. CHELSEA
Atlético arrive for the match after losing their shine in the Spanish league. Diego Simeone’s side netted a Luis Suárez goal streak to take a dominant lead, but they stumbled with just one win in their last four rounds. Simeone has moved away from his standard 4-4-2 formation, which Atlético used to topple reigning European champion Liverpool last season. Now, Simeone favors a three-way back row and uses two high full-backs to support Suárez and João Félix in attack. Winger Yannick Carrasco, however, is in doubt for Tuesday’s game which could change his strategy. Thomas Tuchel has yet to lose any of his seven games in charge since taking over as Chelsea manager at the end of January. His approach is already clear – tall wingers, two seated midfielders, two inside strikers supporting the striker – and that has made Chelsea much harder to beat than the team led by their predecessor, Frank Lampard. However, the team has hardly been fluid and goals could be difficult to achieve against the famous Atletico defense. The first stop is in Bucharest, Romania, due to travel restrictions preventing visitors from Britain from entering Spain.
ATALANTA VS. REAL MADRID
Real Madrid will be hopeful Karim Benzema will be fit to play on Wednesday after an ankle problem excluded him from the weekend’s Spanish league game. Benzema leads Madrid with 17 goals scored in all competitions and doesn’t have a clear save after the team let Luka Jovic go this winter. The rarely used Mariano Díaz started Saturday’s game in Valladolid but the team had to rely on midfielder Casemiro to secure the only goal in the 1-0 victory. Zinedine Zidane replaced Díaz after an hour with reserve player Hugo Duro. Madrid also miss injured captain Sergio Ramos with a left knee injury. Atalanta will have harrowing memories of the same stage last season. The Champions League outsider beat Valencia 4-1 in the first leg, but the joy was short-lived as, days later, Bergamo became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The match was dubbed “Game Zero” by the media. Atalanta will have to put those thoughts aside, however, and he will be full of confidence after an impressive performance which saw him beat Napoli 4-2 in Serie A. Luis Muriel was an inspiration as he scored a stunner and also contributed Atalanta’s other three goals.
BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH VS. MANCHESTER CITY
The seasons of the two teams are heading in opposite directions and lead to what would appear to be a mismatch for a game taking place in Budapest, Hungary, due to Germany’s ban linked to the pandemic of British visitors. City are on a winning run of 18 matches in all competitions. The Premier League title is apparently a formality now, thanks to a 10-point lead. Pep Guardiola can really start to focus on the Champions League where a title has proven elusive despite the club’s heavy spending over the past decade. With City in the round of 16 for the eighth consecutive season, it will be Mönchengladbach’s first knockout game in the competition outside of qualifying in 43 years. His promising season is in danger of coming undone following the announcement of Marco Rose’s departure as coach. Gladbach ended ongoing speculation about Rose’s future by announcing he will join league rivals Borussia Dortmund next season and the team responded with a 2-1 home loss to struggling Mainz on Saturday. Gladbach has only one victory left in his last five games.
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