Toni Kroos has canceled his interview with ZDF after the final victory with Real Madrid against FC Liverpool. “I’m not asking for more respect. After winning the Champions League final, I only expected positive questions,” said the ex-world champion late on Saturday evening during another interview.
Instead, he was asked “why it was so difficult against Liverpool and why it was half happy. I didn’t think he did that well.”
Kroos had broken off a ZDF interview shortly after the final whistle after just over a minute. “You had 90 minutes to think about sensible questions and then you ask me two shitty questions,” he said to the ZDF reporter. The 32-year-old was asked if it was surprising that Real came under so much pressure in the final on Saturday night at the Stade de France.
“It’s not surprising that you’re in trouble against Liverpool,” said Kroos. “What kind of question is that, you’re not playing a group game somewhere, we’re playing the Champions League final.” After the approach of another question, Kroos just walked away and scolded: “It’s really bad, really bad.”
Kroos did not take the previous question well. “What is natural. We put up a great fight, we knew Liverpool were a great team,” Kroos replied, asking if the win wasn’t so obvious given the course of the game.
ZDF expert Per Mertesacker, who became world champion with Kroos in Brazil in 2014, said after the interview: “I’ve also experienced negative questions after a positive outcome.” Mertesacker had himself during the World Cup before eight Years after the round of 16 victory against Algeria, he expressed annoyance at questions and said the sentence that has now become legendary in German football: “I’ll lie down in the ice bin for three days.”
ZDF sports director Thomas Fuhrmann finds the course of the much-discussed TV interview with five-time Champions League winner Toni Kroos “regrettable”. “These situations right after the final whistle are always special,” said Fuhrmann of the German Press Agency on Sunday. “Maybe my colleague should have stayed with the emotions and got to the core of the game a little later. Basically, the questions were legitimate and no reason to break off the interview.”