Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has compared the Spanish press to a flag that changes direction as the wind blows.
This season, Kroos and his teammates have reached magnificent heights in Madrid, winning 22-straight matches in all competitions while taking home the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. During that time, the media sang the club’s praises labeling them one of the best teams in the history of the sport.
However, since returning from the winter break, Madrid have struggled for consistency both domestically and in Europe. They were overtaken by Barcelona on the league table and now trail their El Clasico rivals by four points with ten games remaining.
Real Madrid have advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals. But they were nearly knocked out of the competition after putting in a dismal display against Schalke 04 at the Santiago Bernabeu a short time ago.
They have been whistled and jeered at home matches, with some players being confronted by their own supporters following their El Clasico defeat.
Madrid have also faced heavy criticism from the press. The situation became so bad at one point that club president Florentino Perez held an impromptu press conference to voice his opinion on the media.
Kroos believes the press are far too willing to move from one extreme to another while assessing the team’s performances.
“Those who know me a bit better know I’m not like a flag that moves with the wind, as they sometimes do in the Spanish media,” the German midfielder said prior to today’s Euro 16 qualifier against Georgia.
“When you win a game, everything is good, and when you lose, everything is negative.”
Kroos sat out Germany’s 2-2 draw with Australia earlier this week leaving many to question whether the midfielder was tired from his responsibilities with Real Madrid – the media and fans have questioned Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to utilize the German so frequently this season.
While admitting he was a little fatigued, Kroos said he was prepared for the final stretch of the season.
“I’ve played many games this year and haven’t had a winter break,” the German concluded. “It’s normal that you feel a little tired sometimes but, at the moment, I feel very well and happy at Real Madrid.”
Programming note: The Euro 2016 qualifier between Georgia and Germany will be shown LIVE today at 11:50am EST on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO.
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