Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari admitted that his side must be more clinical in taking their chances after watching his side fall to a shock 0-2 defeat against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Los Blancos continued their difficult start to 2019 with a defeat in their first outing at the Bernabeu of the calendar year. Vinicius Junior made his first league start for the European champions and looked bright, but failed to capitalise on Madrid's dominance in the match.
Real Sociedad had less than half the amount of shots that Madrid managed, but the visitors were more efficient in taking their chances. As quoted by Madrid's official website, Solari said after the defeat: "The feeling is that we should have picked up three points and we didn't.
"We have to put away the chances that we created. We'll compete as we look to win the next game."
Real Madrid also had a strong penalty appeal waved away by the referee in the second half, after Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli appeared to bring Los Blancos forward Vinicius down in the area without winning the ball. The decision did not go to VAR and no penalty was given.
"We don't talk to the referees," Solari added on the controversial decision. "There are incidents that look obvious live and we believe that VAR is there for that, to be able to consult it if there is no certainty.
"We believe that is the intention that exists with technology and VAR. If not, there's no reason for it to exist.
Despite another home defeat, I still think Real Madrid will win a spot in the Europa League.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 6, 2019
"We're human and we make mistakes, but one thing is if we make a mistake, we can't review the evidence, but if there's the possibility to review the evidence and we don't, it's difficult to understand."
Madrid's defeat on Sunday follows a disappointing 2-2 draw away to Villarreal on Thursday, in which Los Blancos surrendered their lead late on. The European champions remain fifth in La Liga, with a whopping 10-point gap between them and leaders Barcelona.
The games continue to come thick and fast for Solari's side, with the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 clash with Leganes coming up on Wednesday, before Madrid travel to face Real Betis in a tough away game in La Liga next weekend.