Two games into a season is probably too early for any team to panic, but La Liga isn't just any league, and Real Madrid aren't just any team.
Jose Mourinho's men now have just a mere point from a possible six—the number that rival Barcelona have in their first two games. While Barcelona appear rejuvenated under new manager Tito Vilanova, Real Madrid appear fatigued and disinterested, as if every ounce of energy and focus was put into last season's title-winning campaign.
Mourinho has, unsurprisingly, called out his team.
The coach told the press following the away loss to Getafe on Sunday that "the only message I want you to take away tonight is that it was a deserved defeat for us."
He went on to add, "This was a match in which the defeat was absolutely deserved. More than two matches with just one point it was a horrible match." (Yahoo! Sports)
The Madrid manager has often resorted to excusing his team's performance through cries of injustice (by referees, by the media, by the Spanish Football Federation...), but his comments reveal a marked difference in tone. The message now seems to be that the days of excuse-making are over, that as reigning league champions Real Madrid are going to get the best of every team.
Simply, it's up to Madrid's players to perform better.
However, things aren't that simple.
Madrid aren't just performing bad. No, they appear to have some holes and mistakes to fix—ones that can't be simply explained away by lack of concentration or tiredness. Mourinho may have been trying to energize his players with those comments, but it's absolutely certain that the Special One will be discussing with his staff tweaks, adjustments and overhauls that can get Madrid back on track.
Anything less, and Barcelona might be on their way to their fourth league title in five years.