Another game against a La Liga minnow, another walk in the park for Real Madrid. They've hardly been challenged by Real Zaragoza in what is now the opening round in La Liga, and they lead by a score of 2-0 after 45 minutes of play. Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Özil have been their usual brilliant selves, while Karim Benzema is doing his best to dispel the myths that he's lazy and not good enough to wear the Madrid shirt.
With Sami Khedira out with an injury and Lassana Diarra out of favor, Fabio Coentrao has stepped into the center of midfield to partner Xabi Alonso in a double pivot. Normally a left-sided player, Coentrao has been used centrally by Mourinho in the pre-season and is doing well in his new position. With Coentrao in the double pivot and Ronaldo wide left for the day, Madrid are so left-leaning that they've almost tipped over La Romareda.
Madrid sustained pressure from the opening whistle to the halftime whistle, creating chance after chance. Their opening goal came in the 24th minute, and it was an absolutely fantastic team move. Benzema started it with his hard work tracking back on defense, Özil provided the assist with a spectacular pass into the box, and Ronaldo finished it off with his first touch from 12 yards out, cutting in from the left.
The second goal came five minutes later, with both fullbacks getting involved. Ronaldo started the move with a great ball out wide to Sergio Ramos, who put in a cross. Ronaldo went up for a bicycle kick but realized that he had no chance to get to the ball. Somehow, like a gymnast or a diver, he stopped himself in mid-air and allowed the ball to fall to Marcelo, who buried the chance with a great shot to the far post.
Zaragoza were always going to struggle to get points off of Madrid, but Javier Aguirre's boys look pretty helpless. A game against Madrid is an unfair sample to judge Aguirre's team and his managerial competency, but this looks very much like a team that will be in a relegation battle this season. Hopefully, for the sake of the neutrals, the Blanquillos can put up more of a fight in the second half.