Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes a poor attitude was to blame for his side's 4-1 Champions League drubbing at the hands of Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, admitting the Spanish giants' finals hopes look bleak.
An away goal through Cristiano Ronaldo gives Real some hope of progression, but Ramos concedes it will be difficult to turn the tie around and denies Jose Mourinho's players underestimated their opponents.
"We were lacking in attitude and I point to myself first in that assessment," Ramos said. "It will be very difficult in the return leg at home but we must remain confident and look to react.
"When the draw for the semi-finals was made a lot of people thought this was going to be easy for us but this is a German team we are talking about; they are a great side."
Raphael Varane praised Dortmund's goalscoring hero Robert Lewandowski and insists Real underperformed in all areas.
"We didn't expect such a result. We expected a much more positive result," Varane said. "We approached it with plenty of ambition. We fell to a very aggressive team, who were compact and gave us no space. Lewandowski played a great game and we failed to stop him. It's more a team failure than an individual one."