Real are easily in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Toni Kroos played a key role in this and even received an award – which he wasn’t particularly interested in.
Good mood: Toni Kroos wins the player of the match award. UEFA via Getty Images
One day from the end of the group stage, Real are already in the knockout stages of the Champions League, on the last day they are in a direct duel with Inter for first place Sheriff Tiraspol 3-0, who beat Los Blancos sensational 2.-1 in the first leg, David Alaba put Los Blancos on the right track. Then Kroos increased with the usual precise finish. Almost too precise, but the ball bounced off the bottom edge of the bar behind the line.
The former German international had a good game even far from his goal and was very present. UEFA named him player of the match for it, but that didn’t bother the midfielder much. “When the team is performing well it’s a lot easier for me. I’m not particularly interested in the individual rewards, just the victory and the team play,” said the 31-year-old fully serving. of the team.
On the Los Blancos site, Kroos added: “We struggled a bit in the first 15-20 minutes but after that we controlled the game well, created chances and scored three goals in good times. It was a deserved victory. We are happy. About qualifying. ”
Important weeks await Real
The first Champions League sub-goal has now been reached. Los Blancos don’t have time to breathe as demanding weeks lie ahead. The home game against Sevilla will take place on Sunday (3rd in the league), before the delicate guest game in Bilbao on Wednesday. This continues with the game at Real Sociedad (currently second in the table), the Champions League home game against Inter and the derby against Atletico.
But Los Blancos are entering these games with a lot of tailwind, as they recently had seven wins and one draw in eight competitive games. “We are in good shape and very motivated for these games against good opponents,” said Kroos.