Toni Kroos said this season after they lost 2-0 to Shakhtar on Tuesday, “Real Madrid are all messed up”.
The loss in Ukraine places the Spanish giants at risk of dropping out of the Champions League in the group stage.
Madrid, who has won just one of their last five matches in all of the tournaments, is third in Group B with Shakhtar at the points table.
Kroos is conscious that his side is failing to get this term going and has acknowledged that the difficulties with his side are more emotional.
“It’s all messed up this season we’re struggling to score goals,” he said after the game.
It’s not a physical concern. I’m good, so it’s all negative when you lose. We have to continue trying to try and win the last game.
You certainly have more confidence if you’re on a winning streak than if you’re failing – that’s natural. You feel better as a team when you win, so we’ve got to win again; keep working.
It’s hard to exit with a 2-0 scoreline here – we scored early at Inter and it was almost the same here. We might not have been just as good, but we created a good first half.
When you’re 1-0 down, it all costs you a little more – so at 2-0, maybe we didn’t completely believe we could reverse it. However, we pursued till the finish.
Despite their most recent upset, Luka Modric is reluctant to give up on his side’s journey to hit the knockout stages.
“There’s still a game to go, we’ll see what happens in Inter’s match and see what we have to do in the last game,” Modric said.
Madrid proved that we can do it when we need to win, but we need to demonstrate that on the field because words aren’t enough.
We lacked the continuity we once had. We’ve had a fantastic game, two bad games, one good game, two bad games. We don’t have the consistency, and we need to change as fast as possible.
“When the opposition goes ahead we’re not good, we lose confidence, and we wouldn’t play as we did before they scored. We have to change that, look for solutions to improve.”