With defeat at home to Villarreal, Real Madrid's domestic season lurched to yet another disaster, and Toni Kroos, has made clear that their goal now is to finish inside the top four.
The crisis engulfing the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu shows no signs of abating.
"We have to focus on qualifying for the Champions League next season," he admitted in an interview with BeIN Sports USA.
"We have to think about our current position.
"I think this should be our goal for the remainder of the season."
Should Barcelona earn a victory at the Estadio Anoeta on Sunday the gap between Los Blancos and their fierce rivals will be 19 points, and that's something that Kroos can't contemplate overturning at this point.
"Sixteen points is very far away and now isn't the time to think about anything other than the next game," he explained.
"We have to start gaining points once more."This will allow Real Madrid to get closer to their goal of finishing inside the top four."