In the opening round of last year's La Liga season, Real Madrid were disappointing in a 0-0 draw against Michel Laudrup's Mallorca side. The 'Mourinho can't get the job done' hyperbole started flowing from the first day and it took months for Madrid to start looking like a side that could contend for trophies. It appears that they're going to get off to a much better start this season, as they stomped Real Zaragoza 6-0 on Sunday night at La Romareda.
Cristiano Ronaldo was absolutely spectacular as he scored an opening day hat trick, but Mesut Özil was probably the star of the show with his nearly flawless passing. The German international was instrumental in setting up most of the goals and put on an absolutely brilliant performance.
Though the score was only 2-0 at halftime, the game already looked pretty done and dusted after just 45 minutes. Zaragoza barely put up a fight in the first, and once the third goal went in, they looked even more out of the match. That goal - a long range effort from Xabi Alonso - was probably the best of the night.
Ronaldo would score two of this three after that Alonso goal, with the other coming from substitute Kaka. The Brazilian international is believed to be available for transfer and is permanently behind Özil at the Santiago Bernabeu at the moment, but he might have played himself back into favor with his brilliant goal.
Would it have hurt you to get your boys to put up a fight, Mr. Aguirre? Okay...probably. You probably would have had to scream so loud that you actually hurt yourself. I completely understand.