Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is confident that his side will hit their best form in the coming weeks.
Los Blancos sit fourth in La Liga, having lost two of their nine fixtures to date, while they have also been in patchy form in the Champions League. Madrid were flirting with elimination after only taking a single point from their first two games, but victory over Inter has gone some way to remedy that situation.
Nevertheless, more is expected of the Bernabeu side, but Kroos is backing them to deliver in the weeks ahead.
“We do lack something. That's not a secret. Everyone can see it,” he admitted to Marca. “We're not missing a lot ... we need to be consistent. If you look at the results, they go two good, one bad, two good, one bad. We have to do better.
“You watch some games and you realise that you can do much better - against Barcelona, the first half against Inter and another one. We can, of course, improve, but we lack consistency.
“If we did well against Barcelona, we also have to against Cadiz or Shakhtar Donetsk at home. There's a big difference. Sometimes it's very good and others it's very bad. We have to improve if we want to win something.
“We're going through a very strange situation for everyone. We're playing every three days, we had little time off, we ended last season very late, we couldn't sign players in the summer ... Now there are injuries, some have to stop because of Covid, but I don't like finding excuses.
“We put out a starting line-up that can beat the opponent in every game.”
Kroos backed his manager Zinedine Zidane amid growing anxiety that he might not be able to salvage the situation.
“Everyone knows that, if you don't get results and you don't meet expectations at Real Madrid, there are questions. That's why we're at this club. It's normal.
“With Zidane, we've already had times like this and we normally come out of bad runs.
“A few weeks ago, after losing against Cadiz and Shakhtar, we went to Barcelona and had an amazing game. We got through that and the boss is the first person to know what happens at this club if you don't get results.
“In the end, what we have to do is improve and try to win games. The boss will find the solution.”
Madrid will face second-placed Villarreal when they return from the international break.