Santiago Solari admitted Real Madrid missed the suspended Sergio Ramos after the Champions League holders were humbled by Ajax at the Bernabeu.
Real saw a 2-1 first-leg lead overturned inside 18 minutes by Ajax who ran out 4-1 winners to seal a famous 5-3 aggregate victory, their first in the knockout stages in 22 years.
Asked if Ramos was missed, Solari told _Movistar_ : “Of course.
“Without talking badly about any of our players, of course we missed our captain.”
The humiliating defeat, Real’s fourth on the spin at home, compounded a miserable week for Real after they were damaging defeats to Barcelona in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
“The season is difficult, but we are here to show our heart and character in difficult moments,” Solari added.