For Real Madrid, things are looking up. After their dreadful start to 2021, Zinedine Zidane's side have won four consecutive matches in LaLiga Santander with only one goal conceded, and the once-insurmountable gap between themselves and leaders Atletico Madrid now stands at just three points.
Strangely, Los Blancos have managed to put together this excellent run in the most difficult circumstances possible.
With nine first-team stars injured, including club captain Sergio Ramos and talisman Karim Benzema, with a bench dotted with Castilla players, their form has kept improving.
The prospect of facing the second-highest scorers in Serie A in Atalanta in the Champions League round of 16 seemed extremely daunting just weeks ago, but the wave of optimism that Real Madrid are experiencing means that they will take to the field in Bergamo with complete self-belief and feel confident to get a positive result.
Looking further ahead, when they welcome Real Sociedad to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Monday evening, that injury list should have reduced significantly.
Whilst the fixture list is not straightforward, Real Madrid will be confident of navigating their way through this period towards lifting trophies once again at the end of this season, after everyone had written them off.