Madrid title hopes hanging by thread after shock loss to Real Sociedad

Bale was injured playing against Villarreal

Bale was injured playing against Villarreal

"Cristiano is a champion, he's part of our history, he's ours, we do not miss him because he's a player of ours and will always be part of our history even if now it plays for Juventus", said Solari in November. Referee Jose Munuera stood firm.

Lucas Vazquez was sent off for picking up two yellow cards, while Vinicius Junior was denied a penalty - something which did not sit kindly with Ramos.

They are now fifth after losing at home to a team who had been beaten in each of their last four games A 53,412 crowd (at the 81,000-capacity Bernabeu) will be an issue for club president Florentino Perez, who had to suffer a few chants for his resignation after Real Sociedad's second goal.

"There are times when we're punished for our behaviour on the pitch and the referees' committee should do the same with the officials".

"When you're out there on the pitch it's so much more hard because your heart is racing".

Club captain Sergio Ramos called a squad meeting for Monday at the club's training ground where the defender said some straight talking would take place, with midfielder Luka Modric having backed Solari in the Bernabeu mixed-zone Sunday night against some very harsh local media criticism.

The Spanish giants now have Santiago Solari in charge after Julen Lopetegui was sacked in October, but the team are struggling, sitting fifth in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

"It upsets all of our plans", Ramos added. Plenty of players have made debuts, it's a good year in that sense.

Much of Madrid's struggles have been attributed to the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, as they have only managed 26 goals in 18 games.

After years of playing the bridesmaids, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are now centre stage, but have just 11 La Liga goals between them this season.

"You go through periods in football where everything goes for you and right now nothing is going our way". We can't blame the referee for the result, although he had a defining role, but we've also got to look at ourselves. It's very nice to play in and we'll go out for the win from the first minute.

Before kick-off, Madrid paraded the Club World Cup trophy they won last month for a third consecutive time but the celebratory mood was soon punctured when Real midfielder Casemiro was penalised for hauling down Mikel Merino in the box.

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