A legend of the national team feels that the Real Madrid star was an obstacle for his country during the European Championship
Lothar Matthaus criticized Toni Kroos for the consequences of Germany’s Euro 2020 campaign, admitting: “I do not agree with the way he plays”.
Germany came down against arch-rivals England earlier this summer’s European Championship and lost 2-0 at Wembley in the last 16.
Real Madrid star Kroos was among those who did not live up to expectations during the tournament, and has since announced his retirement from international football, which was a welcome surprise for Matthaus.
What was said?
The former defender of Bayern Munich and Germany felt that Kroos was far too slow in his build-up to the Euros, which ultimately prevented Joachim Low’s team from reaching their full potential in the last third of the field.
“Kroos is no longer an international class,” Matthaus said Kicks. ‘Personally, I have nothing against Toni Kroos, but I do not agree with the way he plays.
“At the Euros you saw that it is not only about the speed of the player, but also for the ball.
“He actually does it pretty well with one or two touches, but when he passes the ball, he loses speed again because there is almost no gain in space and the pace slows down.”
Who else criticized Kroos?
Matthaus’ comments come in the wake of a provocative review of his international performances by Uli Hoeness, president of Bayern Munich, who blamed the 31-year-old for Germany’s defeat to England.
‘I like Kroos, he has shown world-class performances in the past, but his way of playing is completely finished. He no longer fits in with today’s football, “Hoeness said earlier this month.
“We are 1-0 down against England in the last quarter. Kroos no longer crossed the halfway line. He played sideways, then again sideways, until the opposing defense organized themselves. ‘
Kroos’ legacy of Germany
Despite the derogatory remarks of two of his countrymen, Kroos’ place in the German honor remains secure after he dropped the curtain in his international career.
The midfielder made his debut in 2010, earning 106 goal kicks, and scoring 17 goals, while also playing a key role in their run-up to the 2014 World Cup.
Kroos also took third place in the World Cup medal and played in the semi-finals of the European Championship in 2012, but stepped out of Germany’s duty to try to win him more silverware with Real Madrid in the coming years.