Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos will be raring to go in the Champions League final after having won the LaLiga already this season. Ahead of the game Kroos said that the chances of winning the CL lies 50-50 at the moment.
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos drags Mohamed Salah down in 2018 CL final. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Real Madrid are in pursuit of their 14 Champions League title
- Real Madrid have punched far above their weight this season
- Real Madrid made a dramatic comeback against Man City in the semi-finals
Real Madrid player and one of the finest midfielders of his generation, Toni Kroos, made a brave admission ahead of their Champions League final, scheduled to be played on Sunday, 29 May (IST).
Kroos’ Real are up against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool which is a rematch of the infamous Champions League final of 2018. In the game, the then Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos elbowed Liverpool keeper Loris Karius concussed. The foul and the injury were not noticed at the time and this led to a shambolic performance from the dazed goalie which ended Liverpool’s hopes of winning the coveted trophy.
Speaking ahead of the game, the midfielder spoke to German publication ZDF and admitted that Liverpool were a better side in the 2018 edition of the competition.
“Sincerely, I believe that Liverpool were the better team in 2018,” Dario AS quoted Kroos as saying.
“They have managed to keep their best players and signed some more,” Kroos spoke about Liverpool’s team building and culture. The club after the signing of Jurgen Klopp took several steps towards sustainability and managed to form a strong core of players.
“Thiago sets the guidelines in the midfield, behind they continue to be strong and I think that, as for perseverance, they were the best team in Europe this season,” Kroos talked about one of Liverpool’s most influential players on the pitch ahead of his personal battle with Thiago to dominate the tempo of the game.
Liverpool will hope to take revenge against Real Madrid for the 2018 outing and will hope that the likes of Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara can return to full fitness ahead of the clash at the end of this week in Paris.