30-03-2013 - Zaragoza 1-1 Real Madrid
1-0 Rodri 9' // 1-1 Ronaldo 38'

Real Madrid will be hoping to keep their stunning form of 2013 going when they travel to La Liga strugglers Real Zaragoza on Saturday.

After a slow start to the season, Jose Mourinho's men have won eight and drawn one of their last nine matches - a sequence highlighted by back-to-back wins over Barcelona in the league and cup, and victory against Manchester United in the Champions League.

In all, they have lost just one match in 2013 - and that a shock 1-0 reverse at Granada in La Liga in February.

Nevertheless, Real remain 13 points adrift of leaders Barcelona with ten games remaining in the domestic league. A trip to a Real Zaragoza side searching for a first win in any competition since January the 9th provides an ideal opportunity for Real to maintain their momentum.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish): (Asked about Iker Casillas)
"Yes, he was discharged a week ago, but he is still not ready to compete and get into the game 100 per cent. He is still not ready, that is why he will not play tomorrow. He is training really well, though, and that's good for all of us."

SUPER CAPTION: Aitor Karanka, Real Madrid assistant coach
SOUNDBITE (Spanish):
"For the match tomorrow they are in a complicated position, and we are also affected by the games with the national team. But we are doing fine, now we have to face the most relevant part of the season. Hopefully we will follow the line (continue the form) we had before this stop and we will end up fine."

SUPER CAPTION: Aitor Karanka, Real Madrid assistant coach
SOUNDBITE (Spanish): (Have you thought about taking sole charge if/when Mourinho leaves)
"I do not think about that because, like you just said, those are just rumours. I have said it many times sitting on this same chair: if the day comes when the coach decides to leave or decides anything at all, then I will think about what to do. So far I'm with him, and I'm happy with him and the rest of technical staff."

SUPER CAPTION: Aitor Karanka, Real Madrid assistant coach


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