Real Madrid playmaker Isco has admitted the side let their standards drop in the closing weeks of the season and they need to up their game if they are to be successful in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old, a surprise omission from Spain’s World Cup squad, told journalists that Los Blancos have no one else to blame other than themselves for letting the chances of winning the league slip.
Draws against Valencia and Valladolid and the 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo proved fatal to their hopes, and they now have their focus on the meeting with Atletico de Madrid in Lisbon on May 24.
The former Malaga man said: We’ve let our intensity drop in the last few matches; it’s not like Madrid, which is used to fighting to the end. We haven’t achieved what we wanted. Looking at how everyone else has slipped up we would have had a chance. Now it’s time to hold our heads up.”
“We’ve lost the Liga through our own mistakes. All we can do now is learn from it and turn our minds towards the last Liga match, which will serve as preparation for the Champions League final”.
“We’re eager to turn around the pattern of the last three matchdays. If we win the Champions League it will be a spectacular season; if not, it will be mediocre. The starting eleven is the manager’s decision. There are two weeks left and whoever earns their place in training will play.”