Toni Kroos has conceded that Real Madrid are ‘all messed up’ after losing 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night in the Champions League, blowing their group wide open.
Anything but a defeat would have ensured Los Blancos’ progress through to the knockout stages, but their second loss of the round to Shakhtar has left them rueing a missed opportunity and means all four sides in Group B can still qualify.
Having lost to Alavés at the weekend, the defeat to the Ukrainians was confirmation of Real’s struggles this season. Speaking to Goal after the game, Kroos said: “It’s all messed up, this season we are struggling to score goals.
“It’s not a physical issue. I’m fine but when you lose its all negative. We have to keep working and try to win the last game.
“If you are on a winning run you’ve obviously got more confidence than if you’re losing – that’s normal. As a team you feel better when you win, but we have to win again; continue working.”
Currently sitting fourth in La Liga, seven points off top spot with a game in hand, it has certainly not been an easy start to the campaign for Zinedine Zidane and his Real Madrid team, and it is looking unlikely to be a repeat of previous seasons where the Champions League has offered respite from domestic troubles.
However, Luka Modrić was also keen to highlight his team’s eagerness to ensure they qualified for 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,” he said.
Inter beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 in the other game, meaning that Real Madrid are likely to need to beat leaders Gladbach in the final game in order to qualify, although a draw could also prove enough if the other result in the group goes their way.
Modrić continued: “Madrid have shown that when we need to win, we can do it, but we have to show it on the pitch because words aren’t enough.”