Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that no-one in the squad is playing well at the moment after losing to Ajax in the Champions League.
Heading into this tie, Madrid had lost back-to-back defeats to Barcelona but they held the advantage over Ajax having won the first leg 2-1 in Amsterdam.
The game started in frantic style and slightly against the run of play – the visitors broke the deadlock to silence the Santiago Bernabeu through Hakim Ziyech.
10 minutes later and things would go from bad to worse for Madrid as they allowed Ajax to score again and take the lead in the tie, this time through the impressive David Neres, who expertly chipped the ball over Thibaut Courtois.
Former Southampton man Dusan Tadic would then get in on the act as everyone inside the Bernabeu looked shocked and stunned, including those travelling Ajax fans.
Madrid now had to do the unthinkable and their was some hope when Marco Asensio struck with twenty minutes remaining.
But, a superb free-kick from Lasse Schone beat Courtois at his far post and the game was put to bed by the visitors.
Nacho was sent off in stoppage time as Madrid attempted to spring a comeback but it was too little too late and the game ended, thus ending Madrid’s three year reign as European champions.
“Every player has failed to reach their best level,” Kroos told an interview with Cadena Cope.
“I can admit that for myself, I have not reached my level and I think we only played well in the Copa del Rey, but you cannot say that when you lose by three goals.
“It’s normal in football to have a bad season, but what we have achieved over the past three years is not normal despite suffering a little last season too.
“The Champions League exit disappoints us but we admits that Ajax deserved their win, they deserve to be in the quarter-final.”