InterviewToni Kroos is delighted to be able to train under Carlo Ancelotti again at Real Madrid. The German midfield strategist expects the Italian to have a successful second term in Spain’s capital. The 31-year-old looks back with pleasure on the cooperation in the 2014/15 season.
Kroos on Ancelotti: “I didn’t expect it anymore”
HERZOGENAURACH / MADRID. One returnee leaves, another comes: Carlo Ancelotti, who had coached Real Madrid between 2013 and 2015, succeeds Zinédine Zidane, Los Blancos’ coach from early 2016 to mid-2018 and from March 2019 to late May 2021.
Almost no one expected the Italian’s comeback in the first hours and days after the “Zizou” departure. Also Toni Kroos Not. The midfield strategist reacted all the more satisfied to the news that Ancelotti was taking over command.
“I am happy that he is coming back and I am assuming that we will work together successfully again this time, that it will be fun and that we will hopefully win one or two titles. It’s nice that there are stories like this where you get together again, even if you might not have expected it anymore. So I’m happy “, said the 31-year-old, who is with the German national team in the EM quarter in Herzogenaurach, in his podcast “Just lop”.
“Ancelotti trusted me from the start”
“Carletto” was his first coach in the Spanish capital. But the collaboration lasted only ten months because the now 61-year-old had to resign as a result of a season without a major title win.
Kroos: “He was the coach who brought me to Madrid or at least didn’t mind my coming. That was the most important year, I would say. Carlo said to me: ‘I want you here and I am convinced that you can make the team better.’ You have to take into account that his team won the Champions League in 2014. That was a statement that completely convinced me to go there. “
Despite the unsuccessfulness it is “A great first season” been. “We didn’t win a title, but it was still good. Especially at a club like Real, the first season is extremely important in order to make an impression and not drag along certain prejudices for a long time. It worked out well from the start, Carlo Ancelotti trusted me from the start and I’ve actually played almost every game. He kept what he more or less told me before “, says Kroos.
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Toni Kroos is pleased with the return of Carlo Ancelotti: “Successful this time too”
Toni Kroos is delighted to be able to train under Carlo Ancelotti again at Real Madrid. The German midfield strategist expects the Italian to have a successful second term in Spain’s capital. The 31-year-old looks back with pleasure on the cooperation in the 2014/15 season.