Tuesday 25 September 2018

Toni Kroos: It wasn't Ancelotti's fault we lost to Juventus

Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos
Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has given his backing to under-fire coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose future at the club is looking bleak following Wednesday night's elimination from the Champions League.

The Merengues need almost a miracle to catch Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division and ensure they do not end the season empty handed, and the pressure is therefore mounting on Ancelotti.

According to Kroos, his club would be wrong to fire the Italian, who led them to their sought-after Decima - 10th Champions League title - a year ago, but has failed to deliver the domestic title in two years at the helm.

"All I can say is he's an absolutely top coach," Kroos told Germany's Sky Sport television.

"Given the way we played today, you can't say we had a bad coach on the sideline.

"Hopefully everybody knows that."

Nevertheless, the future of a Real coach tends to hinge on titles and Ancelotti can provide no arguments to back him up in that department.

"Of course we came into the season with the aim of winning titles, an we're now unlikely to manage that," Kroos added.

"But this elimination was very bitter indeed because it really was possible for us to reach the final."

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