Real Madrid have turned a corner, according to their German international midfielder, Sami Khedira.
Los Blancos started the new year on a low, having lost at Celta Vigo and Malaga, and drawn at home to Espanyol.
But the goals and wins are flowing of late, and in smashing Valencia 5-0 last weekend, Real looked back to their best.
Their resurgence may not prove enough for them to get back into the race for La Liga glory. But tonight’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg, also against Valencia, gives Los Blancos the chance to further their claim for silverware.
And Khedira believes that Real are surely back on a winning track for the rest of the season, having hit their stride.
"We were in a difficult situation and we were not getting good results, but we spoke among ourselves and we have worked hard in these last weeks. We are on a good path. We are more compact on the field,” Khedira said, looking forward to tonight’s tie.
"When you lose games, you have to change things. We had to play tighter. We have improved especially in defence.
“Then with Cristiano (Ronaldo), (Angel) Di Maria and Mesut (Ozil) we have a great counter.
“We have worked on our strong points, as Mourinho has taught us. It could be that players who were not at their maximum level before have got there now."
As far as he is concerned, Khedira is enjoying life at Real this season, even if their La Liga defence has not gone as planned.
He has been making telling attacking contributions of late, notching two goals and two assists in his last seven games, thanks to his well-timed runs into the box.
And so Khedira- who has come into criticism at Real in the past- feels as if he is in “perfect shape.”
"I feel very good at the moment, in perfect shape," Khedira said.
"For me the most important thing is that the coach and technical staff are happy with my work. I am in a good moment, but I am going to aim to keep this level and be consistent."