Xabi Alonso: It’s easy to play alongside Toni Kroos

Xabi Alonso: It’s easy to play alongside Toni Kroos


Veteran Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says it is easy to play alongside new signing Toni Kroos.

The German World Cup winner arrived in July from Bayern Munich in a 25-million-euro deal and has slotted straight into the team, putting in towering performances against Sevilla in the European Super Cup and Atletico de Madrid in the first-leg of the Spanish Supercopa.

Kroos is just 24 years old but has vast experience thanks to his time with the Bavarian giants. He has already won a host of trophies including the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League as well as the World Cup with his country.

And 32-year-old Alonso says that experience shines through already, despite being at Los Blancos for just a short time.

Speaking to AS, Alonso stated: “It’s easy to play with big players like him. Despite his youth he has experience at the highest level and is a great signing for the club.”

Alonso also took the chance to talk about the second-leg of the Spanish Supercopa, and told the paper the tie is wide open, despite Atletico de Madrid scoring a late away goal in the 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

“They [Atletico] demanded a lot of us and are very compact. It’s a strategy they’re good at,” he added. “They drew level and it could have been a better result for us but it’s still open for the return.”