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Real Madrid vs. Zaragoza: Javier Aguirre Will Come Out Swinging


Oh, the dangers of posting during the middle of a hurricane; the (albeit small) chance that a window could cave in and smash me and my computer to bits; or that an air conditioning unit could fly through my window and destroy my room; or maybe I won't be able to order take out pizza for dinner tomorrow while I participate in my fantasy football draft (for these, and other problems of a similar nature, use the Twitter hashtag #firstworldproblems).

In all seriousness, Real Zaragoza's head coach Javier Aguirre won't be intimidated by the mighty Real Madrid side that will come to la Romareda on Sunday to take on his boys. In fact, he'll show those uppity capital boys what's what and who's who:

"A defeat with dignity doesn't work for me," he told a press conference. "Beginning la Liga against Real Madrid should be a party. They've done a fantastic pre-season, with a very high level of athleticism in the Supercopa. They have their ideas clear, are a strong team, and are very well managed. All of this is why we'll have to be ready to live up to the circumstances." Source:

This is coming on the heels of José Mourinho's declarations about the first match of a season in general, and Aguirre in particular:

As we all remember, Mourinho's first two matches at Madrid didn't inspire confidence (a 0-0 draw away at Mallorca, followed by a 1-0 squeaker against Osasuna at home), and the team didn't even begin to really click until November (at the earliest). He reminded us of this in his press conference today: 

"The first Liga match is always complicated, and it's not a new thing that most major competitions begin with a surprise," he said. "It's a complicated match completely independently of where one plays, or who one plays. Yet Javier Aguirre is one of my favorite managers, as a person and as a coach. I don't know if he'll play with four or five back, but that's not the most important thing anyways." Source:

It doesn't seem like either side really wants to up the tension of the match so much as detract from the attention that the media will inevitably apply on their respective teams. I applaud Aguirre for coming out swinging; and I'm excited to see what Mourinho has in his very deep bag of tricks to counter him.

So stick with us as we run you right up to kick off of Zaragoza-Real Madrid, los blancos' first Liga BBVA match of 2011-2012. I might not be around too much today (hurricanes and all), but no matter who it is, we've got you covered. Hala Madrid!

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