Real Madrid stumbled on Monday to a 1-1 La Liga draw on Leganes, the last disappointing result in a nightmare season for European champions.
Zinedine Zidane's side, who are third in the table and 13 points behind Barcelona leaders, were uninspired against local rivals Leganes.
Madrid placed the kind of lethargic performance that has plagued their season, with Marco Asensio and Raphael Varane missing out on good first half chances.
"For me as a coach, and for them as players, we must keep trying to play better," said Zidane. "We can play better and we have to play better." The first half was not so good, the second half a little better. Even if this could be a bad season, we all have to give a little more. "
Karim Benzema equalized at the start of the second half and Marcelo saw a shot slip away because Madrid had had a short period of dominance.
Leganes, 11th in the rankings, went close to winning the game, but Youssef En-Nesyri had rightly rejected a goal for offside.
When asked if Benzema was irritated by stubbornly saying that the Bernabeu hierarchy would sign a new striker this summer, Zidane said, "I don't know – you should ask him that."
"[Benzema] is used to it, new players are coming, "said Zidane." But he has shown his personality and that's it. He is a fantastic player and this year it has changed that he has scored many more goals, so I am happy for him. "
A player from Madrid whose future remains uncertain, is Welsh galactico Gareth Bale, who made little impression during a late run as a substitute.
"[Bale] is an important player in the team, "said Zidane." He has played three of the last four games, I think. Today I wanted to change something, nothing more. Playing 10 or 15 minutes is difficult for those who come into play, it was the same with Lucas [Vazquez]. We are making the changes to win the game and we have not done that today. "
Information from Reuters and ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan was used in this report.