Where: La Romareda
When: August 28th, 2:00 PM ET
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Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza are prepared to square off on August 28th in the opening La Liga match for both squads.
Real Zaragoza have been improving bit by bit and find themselves finishing in the middle of the pack as they came in 13th overall last year.
On the other hand, Real Mardid are looking to win their first La Liga title since 2007-2008. Barcelona has won three straight since then, but Madrid believes this is the year they can finally take home the Liga Trophy.
Biggest Storyline: Does Real Zaragoza Have Another Upset in the Bag?
Last season, Real Madrid found themselves within striking distance of Barcelona for the top spot in La Liga until disaster struck at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Real Madrid was set to face Barcelona in less than a week in a match that could have all but decided who had the inside track on the top spot in La Liga. However, Madrid failed to prepare adequately for their match against Real Zaragoza. Madrid lost the match and found themselves finishing in second place once again on the table.
Player to Watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo
Was there any chance it could be anyone else? Not a chance. Ronaldo is the best player on this team and is one of the most dynamic players in the world. For anyone that doesn't consider him to be that, just check his stat line.
Ronaldo started 32 games last year in La Liga and recorded 40 goals and 10 assists. Ronaldo tested the keeper 102 times, nearly half of those shots on goal went in the back of the net. Impressive? I think so.
Player to Watch for Real Zaragoza: Roberto
Real Zaragoza entered this season needing to sure up the goalkeeper position and they did that when they signed Roberto Jimenez Gago from Benfica.
Roberto performed well on loan in 2009-2010 and the club will be happy to have him back. Roberto is a talented keeper but he has been error prone at times during his career, however, there is no doubt he will be an upgrade over Antonio Doblas or Leo Franco who split time during the La Liga season last year.
For Real Zaragoza to have any shot in this game, Roberto is going to have to step up.
The biggest addition for Real Zaragoza for the upcoming season was Pablo Barrera, who is sure to boost this team's sometimes stagnant attack.
Who Will Win?
Key Matchup: Real Madrid's Midfield vs. Real Zaragoza's defense
The midfielders for Real Madrid are explosive and are some of the best in the world. From Ronaldo to Mesut Ozil to Xabi Alonso, these players are capable of dismantling opposing defenses.
They are all extremely creative and find both crazy passing lanes and can hit tough shots from distance.
If Real Zaragoza is going to have any chance, both the defense and the midfield need to find a way to contain Madrid's midfield stars.
What They're Saying:
Following controversy during a brawl in the Spanish Supercup, there were reports that Real Madrid head coach, Jose Mourinho would resign. However, according to ESPN, Mourinho states that he has no intention of resigning anytime soon,
Only those who don't know me can dream, make up or believe I may leave Real Madrid at this stage. I believe many people were surprised by the quality football showcased by Real Madrid during the preseason and it would be surprising news to them if I left the club now. Impossible!
On the flip side of things, Sporting Life has indicated that Barrera will be available to play against Real Madrid in their opening match,
Pablo Barrera has joined Spanish club Real Zaragoza on loan from West Ham United for the 2011/12 season.
The Hammers made the announcement on Thursday and outlined the reason why the winger has been allowed to leave for the Primera Division team.
The 24-year-old has been loaned out after struggling to adapt to life in London since arriving from Mexico because of language difficulties and personal reasons.
Barrera joined the Championship club from Nacional last summer and will hope for better performances and a more suitable life in Spain.
The Mexican is available to play for Zaragoza in their league clash with Real Madrid on Sunday evening.
The acquisition was a good one for Zaragoza and his availability could be desperately needed, at least in a substitute role in the second half against the more talented Madrid side.
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