Sergio Ramos used a squad meal to share inspiring messages with Real Madrid teammates

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It's been a rather rocky season for Real Madrid so far.

The Spanish giants have struggled in La Liga and are currently 10 points behind their bitter rivals Barcelona, who top the table. 

Manager Julen Lopetegui, who took over at the Bernabeu in June 2018 was sacked a few months later in October, after a run of bad results and a 5-1 El Clasico defeat. 

Since then, Santiago Solari has attempted to steady the ship, and Real will be confident of finishing the season strong. 

Things appear to be on the up, as the team have lost just two of the eight games they’ve played so far in January. 

Perhaps then, they’re hitting form at the right time.

Even though they were struggling in the early months of the season, Los Blancos still secured a passage into the knock-out stages of the Champions League, which resumes next month. 

They’re also in with a chance of winning the Copa del Rey, so all is not lost.

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And following a run of good results, the squad treated themselves to dinner at BiBo, one of Madrid's most fashionable restaurants on Monday night. 

THE CAPTAIN'S ORDERS 

The meal was organised by captain Sergio Ramos and with everyone but Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale present, he used it as an opportunity to share some important messages with the team. 

According to El Confidencial, the defender told his teammates "we can still win the Champions League and the Cup. We are on time."

The report also reveals that Marcelo was very vocal during the meal too, and together the pair stressed the importance of continuing to improve as the season goes on.

As well as rallying the team, Ramos also asked them to get behind one player in particular - Isco. 

SUPPORTING ISCO 

The midfielder has had a tough time under Solari and seems resigned to a spot on the bench, rather than in the starting 11.

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But during Monday's meal, Ramos stressed to him the importance of not throwing in the towel and El Confidencial's report suggests that Isco's teammates are fully behind him, even if he's fallen out of Solari's plans.  

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