Real Sociedad midfielder David Zurutuza has reflected on the poor start to the season but says he has no doubt things will turn around.
La Real have won just one of their opening eight La Liga fixtures and currently sit one point above the relegation zone, while there have also been defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen in the two Champions League group games.
However, the French-born 27-year-old, who has spent his entire professional career at Anoeta save a season-long loan spell with Eibar, believes it has been the small things that have defined the first few weeks of the campaign.
“I think what is happening is that it is the small details that have made the difference,” maintained Zurutuza in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.
“There have been games where we have been good in the first half and improved in the second, but the ball has just not gone in. In other matches it has been a little thing that has changed everything.
“At the moment luck is not favouring us but we mustn’t think like that. I think that we need to believe, carry on the same, and work as we have been doing so we have a clear conscience.
“Things can go well, badly or just normally but what you can’t afford to do is lower the work rate.”
Jagoba Arrasate’s men have been struck down by injuries to key men so far this term, but Zurutuza refuses to make that an excuse.
“It’s true we have had injuries, myself included, but we should not look too much into that. We’ve had bad times with injuries but you have to get over them because that’s football.
“I’ve no doubt things will turn around. It’s normal people will worry as we haven’t won since the first day of the season and the fans saw some great football at the end of last term.
“At the moment it’s not happening but the important thing is that we don’t doubt our work and our idea of playing football. We have to remain steadfast,” he added.