Over the past two weeks, the wheels have well and truly come off Real Madrid.
They crashed out of the Copa del Rey in the semi-finals to Barcelona, their tenuous La Liga title challenge finally came to an end and then to top it all off they relinquished their Champions League crown, after falling to Ajax in the last-16.
One man who was heavily criticised for missing that second leg defeat to Ajax was Sergio Ramos. The Madrid captain admitted getting himself deliberately booked in the first leg to avoid a suspension in a quarter-final for which they did not qualify.
It later emerged that Ramos had a documentary crew filming in his personal box as he watched his side slip to an embarrassing exit.
Ramos today posted a lengthy update to his Instagram account where he answers questions on the events of the past few weeks.
Here are some of the highlights:
Was the yellow card in Amsterdam an error?
Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200%.
Why did you record the documentary?
There are certain commitments made and it never remotely went through my head that the game could have turned out as it did. The recording itself was scaled down as the game went on.
Did you argue with the President in the dressing room?
Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room. There's no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest: Real Madrid.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to come from Ramos' Instagram post was the final question he posed to himself about the future of manager Santiago Solari. Ramos stated:
What's happening with the coach?
It’s a decision that’s not ours to make and in which we never interfere. We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid coach.
These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn’t stop us, we're not going to let defeat stop us. It's our obligation to carry on, to work and to evolve.