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Toni Kroos praises in-form Real Madrid playmaker: “He’s playing so well”



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The football season is long and tiring. Players toil for months to no end with little room for error, for the calendar shows no respite and does not accommodate room for rest.

It is thus easy to see why bench strength is critical for any team’s success, for they not only cover for injured stars but also aid in regular rotation.

Kroos voices his opinion 

Speaking to the media earlier this week (h/t The Madrid Zone), Real Madrid veteran midfield star Toni Kroos explained the importance of bench players giving the example of Brahim Diaz.

“Brahim hardly got any minutes in the first two months of the season and now suddenly he’s playing so much. So normally you would say — Of course he has no rhythm but look he’s playing so well. He delivered the results,” he said, emphasising that match fitness was a myth.

He then went on to add that he was not surprised at the long list of injuries Los Blancos were staring at, saying,

“Long list of injuries at Real Madrid? It somehow does not surprise me. It’s the logical consequence [of too many games and bad scheduling].”

A new role

With the youngsters stepping into the limelight at Real Madrid, veterans including Toni Kroos and Luka Modric now stare a different role in the eye.

The German is no longer the first name on the team sheet but has a vital role as the more experienced legs in midfield. He steers the ship in the middle of the park when awarded a start but plays equally influential spells when asked to provide a cameo.

The German star has made 20 appearances for Los Blancos this season with 13 starts. In that duration, he has scored one goal and provided five assists.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury



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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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