Toni Kroos believes recent Real Madrid credit goes to Zinédine Zidane. Spanish champion at the end of the 2019-2020 season in front of FC Barcelona, the Merengue club was eliminated in the Copa del Rey and also in the knockout stages of the Champions League (by Manchester City), but nothing seems to be able to alter the good atmosphere present within the club.
In a recent documentary broadcast on Arte, Zidane was very complimentary of the German international midfielder: “When you coach a great team, you need great players to lead by example. (…) He’s a calm person, he knows when to raise his voice, when he has something to say, he says it. He could say things to Cristiano, who respected Toni a lot and therefore listened to him “, he had indicated.
The former Bayern Munich player has no problems with Zinédine Zidane’s management with Real Madrid elements, on the contrary. For Kroos, the Frenchman is an ideal coach. “He knows exactly what drives us and what it is like to be a Real Madrid player. He applies that knowledge wonderfully. He’s incredibly good at handling this group of stars. He meets all the players face to face, brings everyone on board and controls everything around Real Madrid. And he’s also technically very good. He is the best trainer you could ask for “, he commented for the Swiss site Blick.
Aged 30, Kroos arrived at Real Madrid after his coronation with Germany, at the 2014 World Cup and the final won against Argentina by Lionel Messi (1-0). He admitted that he did not expect to see such a scale of success at the Santiago Bernabeu side. “I then had the chance to come to Madrid as a new world champion. But that I have been here for six years and won the Champions League three times in a row, it was more than I had hoped for “, he commented.