Gareth Bale believes Real Madrid must be more consistent if they are to stand a chance of winning LaLiga.
Madrid won their final twelve league fixtures last season but it still wasn’t enough to pip Barcelona to the title, despite the Catalans winning only one point from four of their games in that spell.
"We need to be more consistent," the Welsh forward told Sport magazine.
"We had a very good end of the season last year, but we need to be better at the start and in the middle.
"Ultimately, the most consistent team wins the league. We came very close last year — not close enough, but we're going to work harder as a team together. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we're lifting that trophy."
"In a way, I'm quite glad that (the criticism) happened because it made me a stronger person, a stronger player.
“You learn more from when things are not going well than if you were just a winner. I've really benefited from it.
"As a footballer, you want to keep improving. The main thing for me was to push myself more and more, to get better and better. Those are the challenges every year. Even if you have a great season, you have to try and have a better one next year. That's the challenge I face."