Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is confident that his side will improve on the performance they gave in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Los Blancos dropped their first points of the La Liga season as they could only secure a draw at the San Mames, with Spain international midfielder Isco netting an equaliser shortly after the hour mark.
And, while being disappointed at losing ground to Barcelona at this early stage of the campaign, Ramos was upbeat about the potential of a Real side still adjusting to life without Cristiano Ronaldo.
He told the Spanish press: "Perhaps we started the first half with a few more problems due to our lack of movement when receiving the ball.
"In the second half we were able to improve and got a goal back. We would have liked to pick up all three points, but we will keep improving.
"Drawing is never good. When you pick up one point instead of three, it means there are things to improve on.
"We should've moved the ball quicker to create space between the lines, but they retreated well, defended very close together and were very compact.
"In the second half we overcame their first line of pressure better."
Real are 7/4 to be crowned champions of Spain this season, with Barcelona available at 4/7 and Atletico Madrid priced at 14/1.
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