Toni Kroos has acknowledged that Real Madrid will struggle to replace Cristiano Ronaldo's goals after his move to Juventus.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner sealed a sensational 117-million-euro switch to the Serie A champions in the off-season, leaving Madrid after lifting three consecutive Champions League titles.
CR7 goals tough to replace, but "we will be hard to beat again"
And while midfielder Kroos is confident Madrid will be able to adapt, he admits that Ronaldo's goals will particularly be missed.
"His 50 goals a season are not easy to replace," Kroos told Kicker. "Cristiano has been an important building block in our team over the past few years and a decisive factor in our success.
"But we will be hard to beat again this year."
Real Madrid haven't signed big-name Cristiano replacement
Ronaldo netted 44 times in as many appearances across all competitions last season and has been the Champions League's top goalscorer in six consecutive campaigns.
Madrid are yet to bring in a big-name replacement for the Portuguese, although teenage recruit Vinicius has starred in pre-season.