Toni Kroos credits Spain’s Real Madrid backboneMarch 23, 2018
Toni Kroos has complemented his Real Madrid teammates, saying Spain will benefit from a nucleus of Los Blancos players.
Kroos’ Germany faces La Roja in Dusseldorf on Friday night with six Real Madrid players in contention to play. Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez could all feature against Germany.
While Madrid is lagging fifteen points behind Barcelona in La Liga, they are the current title holders. Zinedine Zidane’s side has also won the previous two Champions League making them a force in Europe.
“If you look at the last few years that we’ve had at Real Madrid, it is clear that we wouldn’t play any bad players,” Kroos said.
“I think that it is right that there’s a Real Madrid backbone in the team.
“I’m happy for Sergio Ramos and everyone else, although I can’t wish them luck for Friday night or for the World Cup.”
Spain and Germany are the previous countries to win the World Cup. Spain won their only title at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, while Germany are current world champions.
With Spain renowned for their ‘tiki-taka’ style, Kroos has noticed a more direct approach in recent years.
“I believe that Spain are once again a top level side and are clearly one of the World Cup favourites,” he added.
“Their style has changed a little because of the change of players, particularly in attack, but the essence remains the same.”
Spain was knocked out of the 2014 World Cup group stage and last sixteen of Euro 2016. In Germany, Julen Lopetegui’s side faces the perfect pre-tournament challenge.