Real failings frustrate Nacho
Real Madrid go into the international break on the back of a nightmare week with defender Nacho proclaiming there are problems to be ironed out at the Bernabeu.
Real's shock 2-1 defeat at Espanyol, their first league defeat of the season, saw them joined by Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad on 17 points and they are to 1/8 to go on and win the La Liga title.
Tough week for Real
The loss was all the harder to take coming just five days after they were stunned by Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol 2-1 at home in the Champions League.
Having been held 0-0 by Villarreal last weekend, it meant Real had gone three consecutive matches without a win for the first time in over a year.
When you concede goals, everything is much more difficult.Nacho
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Nacho admits the Madrid giants are being hampered by a glut of injuries, with Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and Gareth Bale were among the absentees at El Prat.
However, he insists there is no sense of panic with Carlo Ancelotti's men top of the table and still in pole position to qualify from their Champions League group, having already won a tricky tie at Italian champions Inter Milan.
Defensive flaws worry Nacho
But only Osasuna in the top half of La Liga have conceded more goals than Real Madrid and the 31-year-old says it's a shortcoming which needs putting right.
"When you concede goals, everything is much more difficult," he told Movistar. "The team has injuries. That's not an excuse and this squad is good enough to do a better job than we have done in these last three games.
"It's been a bad week, now it's the international break and we have to reflect on it and work on what we're doing wrong. It's early in the season and we need to get guys back to give it the best we can."