Champions League: Kroos before the final at Wembley: “I’m not thinking about myself”

Champions League
Kroos before the final at Wembley: “I’m not thinking about myself”

Real star Toni Kroos ends his career after the European Championship. Photo

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For Toni Kroos, the Champions League final against Dortmund should have no emotional significance. He just wants to win it. The future retiree has already had his real farewell.

Toni Kroos has played down the personal significance of Saturday’s Champions League final in London against Borussia Dortmund. “This is the most important game I have left. But I’m not thinking about myself, I’m just thinking about winning it,” said the 34-year-old Real Madrid international on Monday. For Kroos, the game will be his last as a club player. The 2014 world champion will end his career after the European Championship.

“It will be my last game for Real Madrid, but my real farewell was two days ago. It was wonderful and very emotional,” said Kroos, who was given an exuberant farewell as a legend by the fans and the club on Saturday in the 0-0 draw against Betis Sevilla. Since moving to Madrid in 2014, the midfielder has won 22 titles with the Royals.

Kroos warned his teammates not to underestimate the Bundesliga’s fifth-place team on Saturday (9 p.m./ZDF and DAZN). “This is an opponent that can definitely surprise,” said the former Bayern and Leverkusen professional. “After we eliminated Leipzig, ManCity and Bayern, you might think it will be easy now. But that’s not the case. They can make us really suffer.”


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