Zaragoza v At. Madrid preview
Last Updated: March 24, 2012 1:37pm
Falcao: In-form frontman
Real Zaragoza secured an unlikely victory away at Valencia in midweek and goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez has stressed the importance of building on that victory when they face Atletico Madrid this weekend.
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Real Zaragoza 7/2, Draw 13/5, Atletico Madrid 4/5. Bet now
The Aragonese side remain bottom of the table and six points from safety, but they gave themselves a lifeline by coming from behind with 10-men to record a 2-1 win at Mestalla.
Roberto told a press conference broadcast on the club's website, "The victory at Mestalla brings us closer to our objectives and gives us hope, but it doesn't change our situation. We are still last and we can't relax. We have to have our feet on the ground more than ever, but the win was good to regain our confidence and it was important for all of the group.
"The Atletico game is another important game but it is not decisive. It could be a very good week, Atletico is a great team but we can beat them."
Manolo Jimenez will be forced into a few changes from the side that won on Wednesday as Franco Zuculini, Pablo Alvarez and Angel Lafita are all suspended, but the Portuguese duo of Helder Postiga and Ruben Micael do return from their bans.
Radamel Falcao was Atleti's hero once again as his two goals were enough to secure victory over Athletic Bilbao last time out. The Colombian is now the league's third top-scorer with 19 in 24 games, but he is focusing on achieving the team's objectives rather than personal statistics.
He told the club's website, "As a team we have improved and from a personal point of view I have tried to help the team by scoring goals, this is why they brought me here. If as a team we don't achieve our objectives, then these goals don't serve any purpose, they only have value if they help achieve important targets."
The former Porto striker is also wary of a resurgent Zaragoza side.
"If we don't win on Sunday then what we did against Athletic doesn't mean anything," he said.
"From now on all the games will be finals and we need to improve our position in the table. We are going with this intention and desire for the game in Zaragoza who have already demonstrated they are still alive against Valencia."
Gabi and Juanfran are suspended for the visitors so there could be rare starts for Luis Perea at right-back and Paulo Assuncao in midfield.
Best bet: Falcao to score a brace - 7/2
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