Toni Kroos talks about the problems of the interview after the Champions League final – football

60,000 spectators in the Bernabeu stadium cheering the players. Their champions won the Champions League on Saturday night. 1-0 in the Paris final against Liverpool. The handle bowl appeared at the Royal Hotel, again in Madrid.

It was going to be a moment Toni Kroos could really enjoy. He falls on the grass with the family next to him. In fact.

Had it not been for this interview after the great victory. Kroos was asked by ZDF reporter Nils Cabin if it was a surprise that Real were so pressured in the final. A question was asked of such a negative nature from Kroos’ point of view that the former world champion ended the interview prematurely. “You had 90 minutes to think of common sense questions and then ask me two hateful questions,” the former world champion asked the reporter before leaving him with “too bad, too bad.”

The game became a secondary matter, and Kroos was suddenly caught up in a shootout. Was Cabin’s question really rude? Or did I miss the style crossover on the mic? With a wink, Brother Felix was afraid of what to ask about the Real midfield star on the ‘Einfach mal Luppen’ syndicated podcast. On Sunday, at the Bernabeu, he left at: “Did you sleep yesterday?” This comes from an excerpt from the current podcast episode available to this editorial team. Tony speaks after the question.

For the short night he slept two to three hours. But above all about the interview with Cabin. “I got up and read some of the comments. It was more about the interview than the game. It’s not bad,” said Kroes, who is aware of the explosive nature of his comments.

“I was angry at this moment. I was more annoyed with himself (ZDF reporter, Kabin, editor), ”the 32-year-old went on and explained again what he had already done and it was clear to every viewer: “Of course they were pressured two or three stages “That’s what I said when I asked the question. But that’s normal. What do you expect? That we dominated Liverpool for 90 minutes? This is a world-class team. You just have to beat them and we did that.”

In the end, the Reds scored around coach Jurgen Klopp 24:4 shots on target, and Kroos also had to admit visual superiority. You can ask again during the interview: “How did you see the game itself? “I wouldn’t have said we played them against the wall from the first minute to the 90th minute. I wouldn’t have said that.” “I will be the first to say it was even and maybe Liverpool had a few more chances. But we won the game, just like in the last few months.”

Even in the quarter-final against Manchester City, Real were not necessarily the better team. However, two goals in extra time and a penalty kick in extra time were enough to turn the tide of the match. This time, in the final, the goal of Vinicius Jr. was enough. That’s what matters to Kroos. And that was what he thought he should have asked for. (ZDF reporter Nils Kabin, editor) had already had his answer. But instead, it’s blunt: ‘I want to hear you guys deservedly won.’ Kross explained, ‘I don’t care in the final, you have to win that.’ .

But the matter should not end with that. At midnight, the full episode “Einfach mal Luppen” will appear, which will likely deal mainly with the epilogue. Since 2020, Tony and his brother Felix have been discussing the latest developments in sports and in crossover on a weekly basis on the podcast. Now the iconic interview, to which the other side also spoke.

In an interview with Spiegel, Cabin commented on the minutes of the meeting with Cross. After consulting with his colleagues, “He came to a very clear conclusion that a player should not behave like this. As a journalist, I had to behave badly until the interviewee left.”


ZDF reporter Nils Kabin during Zuff's interview with CrossFoto: ZDF

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ZDF reporter Nils Kabin during Zuff’s interview with CrossPhoto: ZDF

The relationship between Cabin and Kroos likely won’t be permanently turbulent. “I think Toni Kroos and I will exchange three sentences the next time we meet. Then it’s good again,” said the ZDF reporter. Kroos also told he wasn’t upset.

*The article was created in the Sports Competency Center (SPORT BILD, BILD, WELT) and was first published by WELT.

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