Toni Kroos started the season in the gray tonic last year. His previous campaign was to be forgotten, so much so that it was thought that this year the German would not be among the 25 players of the Meringue squad. However, a month ago that we are not only seeing the best version of the Teuton, but it is also being released and demonstrating an unknown scoring nose so far.
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) October 30, 2019
In the little more than two months we have been in competition, Kroos has signed three goals. Last year, by comparison, he only scored one in every season. The German has taken the step forward that Zinedine Zidane asked him to give.
Faced with the continuous casualties of Luka Modric and his poor physical condition, Toni has seized the reins of the merengue midfield. Playing alongside Casemiro and the amazing Fede Valverde, two players with an enviable physique, Kroos has returned to his origins, to move between the lines and look for the goal frequently.
Both in his season with Bayer Leverkusen, courtesy of Bayern, and in 2012-2013 in which he was champion of Europe, Kroos used to drive closer to the midfielder than the interior, and both were his best years in what Goals production refers (nine goals in each championship). Now the same thing is happening a little, because the work of his teammates in the core is allowing him to play more liberated and reach much more to the rival area.
Against Leganés, in the clear victory of Real Madrid 5-0, Kroos was by far the best player on the pitch, and signed his second consecutive game scoring. His goal was pure quality, because to a ball from the left of Karim Benzema, the German applied a soft touch with the heel to redirect it to the bottom of the goalie goal. It was his third goal this season, we said, which places him as the team’s second highest score after the French striker himself.
In addition to his goal we saw again the precise Kroos until boredom in his passes. His new position allows him to arrive aired at all plays and his great vision and placement make the German can recover and arm the offensive play quickly. His connection in three quarters of court with Benzema is proving the most positive in this season start, as the Frenchman always has the option of Kroos at the edge of the area as a way to vent the attack moves.
As the German also has the newly tuned barrel, those second moves in which the leather falls to Toni 20 meters from the goal are becoming one of the best offensive weapons of Real Madrid this year. Before Leganés, in addition to his precious goal, the Teuton had one of those shots from the ball in the area – a pass from Benzema – that touched Juan Soriano’s stick.
That Toni Kroos is back is good news for Real Madrid and Zidane, who since he sat on the bench in March last year hoped that the German could show his best version once again. At the moment, he has not only achieved that, but he has also managed to get the player to take off the tactical corset and take advantage of its enormous quality to reach the area and score. Kroos is now one of Zizou’s capital players and his team’s options for a good season will depend a lot on his continued streak.