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Real Madrid midfielder not crowing over Borussia Dortmund – ‘It does not matter’

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that the Los Blancos do not worry much about being the favourites for any tie, let alone for the upcoming UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

The German international explained that everyone at the club does whatever role is assigned to them which allows the team to be focused.

Speaking on the podcast he hosts with his brother Felix, Kroos said, “Real Madrid’s experience an advantage vs Dortmund? I also said this against City, in retrospect, it doesn’t matter who is the favourite. 

“I don’t think that matters to us. We do whatever role is assigned to us. We know what’s coming and that an incredible amount of things can happen in a game. 

But of course, we go there focused on doing things as we do. Finals always have a very special character.”

Referee at fault during Madrid vs Bayern

Kroos also talked about the contentious offside decision in the recent match against Bayern Munich during the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals. 

This decision led to Matthijs De Ligt’s disallowed goal, which would have potentially leveled the score at 2-2 in the final moments of the game.

The Bayern defender scored during extra time, but just before his shot, referee Szymon Marciniak blew the whistle upon his assistant raising the flag for a disputed offside call. 

Neither the assistant nor the referee allowed play to continue, even though the ball would have ended up in the net, as the white team’s players and the goalkeeper had already halted upon hearing the whistle.

“It was a bad decision. We have to let the game continue and let the play end,” said the midfielder. 

“I think the mistake is mainly the assistant’s because if he raises the flag, the referee understands that he has seen it clearly and trusts that there was probably an offside of three meters.”

The midfielder added, “[Bayern’s] anger is justified because we have to face the situation until the end, 100%.”

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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