Aitor Karanka admitted that his side played a game of two halves against Deportivo, whilst Fernando Vazquez remained upbeat after the loss.
Los Blancos defeated the Turcos 2-1 on Saturday evening, but only thanks to late goals from Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain.
And Jose Mourinho's right-hand man has conceded that his team were completely different after the break.
“The first half was not good at all,” he told a Press conference. “That's why we made changes because we had to improve.
“The attitude was better in the second half – we were different.
“We were not surprised by Depor, we knew they could cause us problems. In fact, the only surprise was that we weren't trailing by more at half time.”
The recently-appointed Coach meanwhile, has claimed that the performance shows what the team are capable of.
“We believed before, but now we believe even more,” he told a Press conference. “The fans said 'yes we can' and I think the same.
“We went at Real Madrid, but we just couldn't stay at a top intensity for the whole 90 minutes.
“We played some fantastic stuff in the first half, but we could not take the opportunities that were presented to us.
“We have improved in every way, but we came up against a team that is at the highest level.
“That is the reality.”