Real Madrid's influential midfielder Toni Kroos understands why their fans are upset following the team's exit from the UEFA Champions League.
The Spanish football giants, who were the defending champions, crashed out of the continental tournament after losing 5-3 on aggregate against Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam in a round of 16 tie on Tuesday.
“It is disappointing for us because we’re not used to going out of this competition so early on, but to be honest, Ajax were the better side across two games, that’s how it is," Kroos said.
"I understand why the fans are upset and we are too, but we need to remain united, we’ve seen so many great times over the last three years. The Real Madrid fans have always been with us, that’s part of football. Having won four Champions Leagues in the last five years obviously leads to higher expectations.
"We're a good team but this week we lost all chances to win a trophy, for me, people forget past glories all too quickly. I don’t think what we did will happen again in the competition. Congratulations to Ajax, they were the better side."
The Whites had remarkably won four Champions League titles in five years and Kroos stated that it is time for them to reflect on what went wrong for the team.
“In Madrid people always talk about different players and other things. This has not been our best week, but we’re Real Madrid and if the trophies have slipped out of reach, perhaps people need to think back to before," the Germany international added.
"Our fans will always support us after everything we have won in the last five years. We’re going to try to be a team again and get back to winning ways."