Toni Kroos: Zinedine Zidane has raised my game

Toni Kroos: Zinedine Zidane has raised my game


Toni Kroos believes the arrival of Zinedine Zidane in the dugout at Real Madrid has helped raise his game.

The German suffered a dip in form under Rafa Benitez and struggled to consistently get into the side. But since the Frenchman took charge in January, Kroos has been back to his usual level seen in his first season at the club.

Los Blancos have won 9 and lost just one of the 12 games they’ve played since Zidane took over, and Kroos says the 1998 World Cup winner has had a huge impact.

“With Zidane I’m in a situation where I can raise again my level. I can play better, and that is largely to his credit. The coach knows I can play deep in midfield or in a box-to-box role and a little more advanced. Against Roma I played well advanced, but in recent games played I have played in a deeper role. He knows I can play in various positions,” he told reporters.

He went on to add that he thinks Los Blancos can go far in the Champions League but need to use the league games left to play well and keep momentum going.

“I do not think we can be league champions, but we need those games to prepare for the Champions League. We’re playing well. Not in every game, as is logical, but when things have changed like they have for us, it is normal that not everything fits in the beginning. We are on the right track. We press more and when we lose the ball we try to recover it quickly. I think we are recovering many more balls than before,” he stated.