Real Madrid are already among the top eight teams in Europe. It is almost the bare minimum for a team that has made the Champions League its way of life, but after two seasons falling at the last-16 stage, the Champions League anthem will once again play for Los Blancos in the quarter-finals.

The simple presence of Zinedine Zidane’s side is consistently a danger basically because of the manner in which they contend. The two losses against Shakhtar Donetsk stretched them to the edge on the last matchday against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Karim Benzema drove the line on Tuesday night against Atalanta, having missed the main leg because of injury. Truth be told, Real Madrid were without nine parts in Italy, where they just won because of a startling objective from Ferland Men

Toward the finish of January Real Madrid were in a circumstance that verged on complete misfortune. In any case, they have since regained form in La Liga Santander to the purpose of being in the battle with Atletico Madrid. Everything is currently being played with messages of idealism.

Thibaut Courtois shows up in each game to do what was looked for with his appearance: a goalkeeper who dominates matches. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are as radiant as could be expected. Fede Valverde contributed to help against Atalanta, which means Casemiro’s nonappearance was less sensational than anticipated. The arrival of Sergio Ramos is essential, as well.

Talking after Tuesday night’s 3-1 success over Atlanta, Ramos was satisfied with his group.

“The objective was to advance and get a good result,” he said.

“We have come out with the ambition of wanting to win the game, play with control of the ball and have control of the game. There is a long season left and this is the way forward.”

The topic of contract renewal was not absent either.

“I cannot report anything. When there is something new, I will be the first to say so,” Ramos added.

It’s about time Karim Benzema starts getting the respect he deserves.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Raul Gonzalez have scored more times in the competition than the Frenchman. His class just cannot be questioned.

Likewise, in disposing of a dangerous side like Atalanta, who had already won at Liverpool and Ajax this season, Real Madrid also showed the rest of Europe that they shouldn’t be underestimated, despite back-to-back last-16 exits in 2019 and 2020.

Their spine is stronger now, with Thibaut Courtois, Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Luka Modric all performing brilliantly in a team spearheaded by Benzema.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane replied “why not” when asked if his side can win LaLiga and the Champions League after getting past Atalanta in the last 16 on Tuesday.

Madrid won three Champions League titles in a row from 2016 to 2018, although they only won LaLiga once during that hat-trick.

“That’s what we’re going to try to do,” Zidane said when asked if they could win LaLiga and the Champions League.

“Why not? That’s what we’re here for. We’re going to try to do it. It’s a big ask, but we’ll give it our all.

“We’re alive in both competitions and tonight we have to enjoy this, not just because of the goals we scored but particularly because of our performance.

With a core of champions who have been there before and Benzema’s supreme form, Madrid showed they are contenders, and now the rest of Europe will believe them.