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Poll: Who Wins This Match?Real Madrid: 100% (6 votes)
Real Zaragoza: 0% (0 votes)
Draw: 0% (0 votes)
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|Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by mukina2: 9:08pm On Jan 27, 2012|
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso believes his side can take plenty of positives from their Copa del Rey elimination as they prepare to return to Primera Division action against struggling Real Zaragoza.
Top plays bottom at the Bernabeu, with the hosts reeling from their 4-3 aggregate quarter-final cup defeat to fierce rivals Barcelona - which came despite battling from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 on Wednesday night at the Nou Camp.
But Alonso does not think Jose Mourinho's team should be disheartened as they turn their attention back to La Liga, where they lead Pep Guardiola's side by five points at the season's midway stage.
He told www.realmadrid.com: "We gave a very good performance. It's a shame really, but feeling we were superior is important.
"We had to score three goals and we didn't manage it, but we fought to the end. We knew it would be difficult but we tried to the very end.
"The team showcased psychological strength. We never gave up and continued to fight. It just didn't happen.
"Our two goals may not have been enough to win the tie, but we're proud because we were better than them. We may have lacked a little luck. We had more chances to score than them throughout the match.''
Madrid will be without Sami Khedira and Angel di Maria through injury as they look to pick up where they left off against Zaragoza in their first meeting - winning 6-0 at La Romareda on the opening weekend of the season thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and further goals from Marcelo, Xabi Alonso and Kaka.
Last weekend's goalless draw at Levante extended Zaragoza's run without a win in La Liga to 12 games, with the Aragonese side now seven points adrift of safety.
Loan signing Apono has urged his new team not to be overawed by the capital club, though - and firmly believes they can spring a surprise.
The midfielder, who made his debut at the Ciutat de Valencia after joining on loan from Malaga for the rest of the season, told Marca: "Sure, we can cause an upset. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
"We are last in the standings, it is true, and Real Madrid are in a different league, but we believe there is much to gain. Any positive result would be good for team morale.
"We have to respect them but not fear them. We are playing against the leaders and we know that, man for man, they have more quality than us.
"What you need to do is know what we are doing at the moment. The idea is very clear. If you do not focus, it's almost certain they score, so we have to be vigilant and take our chances.
"I think it's possible to win there. The situation is complicated because Real Madrid are a great team and we're down at the bottom. But doing things well, not being nervous and knowing what we can achieve, we can do them much harm.''
On the overall challenge of staying in the top flight, the 27-year-old added: "I know where I have come. The situation is complicated, but I have come to help. I like challenges and hopefully we can save ourselves.
"The team continues to believe and the only thing missing is results."
|Re: Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by chelseabmw(m): 3:03pm On Jan 28, 2012|
Hala Madrid. . . . .Lets keep moving
|Re: Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by chelseabmw(m): 3:04pm On Jan 28, 2012|
No draws today. . . lets win this
|Re: Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by medjai(m): 9:06pm On Jan 28, 2012|
|Re: Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by usbcable(m): 9:30pm On Jan 28, 2012|
|Re: Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by mama-gee(f): 11:48pm On Jan 28, 2012|
Real madrid will win the league this season. . .
|Re: Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by Adetayo100(m): 9:18am On Jan 29, 2012|
The title is madrid to lose this season HALA MADRID
|Re: Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza (3 - 1) On 28th January 2012 by Orton1_0(m): 9:52am On Jan 29, 2012|
Oh boy, Granero is good, but erm, I still miss my Khedira.
And hey, this Ron-özil-Káka thing is really popping, Di Maria is in trouble.
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