Toni Kroos sees nothing wrong in breaking off his interview with ZDF reporter Nils Kaben after winning the Champions League. “I was just annoyed at the moment, I was more annoyed with him too. But directly like this “Yes, I want to hear that you won undeservedly.” I don’t give a shit in the final, you have to win the final,” said Real Madrid’s midfield strategist in the new episode of the joint podcast “Simple mal Luppen” with his brother Felix.
Kroos abruptly ended the interview on Saturday evening after the 1-0 win against Liverpool. “You had 90 minutes to think of sensible questions and then you ask me two shitty questions,” replied the 2014 world champion shortly after the game. The 32-year-old was asked whether it was surprising that Real had come under so much pressure in the final at the Stade de France in Paris.
“Of course we had to get through two or three pressure phases, but I said that’s normal, what do you expect. That we dominate Liverpool for 90 minutes? They’re a world-class team, you just have to beat them, we did that,” said Kroos.
Kaben could also have asked in the interview, “How did you see the game itself? I wouldn’t have said that we played them against the wall. I’m the first to say it’s even, maybe even a few more chances Liverpool. But we just won it, like the last knockout rounds. He would have gotten his answer then,” said Kroos.
Kaben admitted that he could have worded a question “clearly” better. “Kroos could have used the question as a template to point out that Real had always saved themselves in difficult situations throughout the competition,” Kaben told the “Spiegel” in an interview on Monday.