Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has stated that he doesn’t often watch Barcelona.
Real Madrid take on their rivals on Wednesday in the Supercopa de Espana semi-final, with the winner set to face the winner between Atletico Madrid and Athletic club, who will play on Thursday in the other semi-final.
Kroos contributed immensely the last time Madrid won the Supercopa, back in 2020 and he is looking forward to lifting the trophy for a third time, although he knows it will be a difficult task.
“I’ve not watched many Barcelona games lately, I have other things to do and watch our games,” said Kroos at his press conference when asked about the difference in Xavi‘s team to Ronald Koeman‘s.
“But I know them well, they have some doubts but overall have a lot of high-quality people.
“I can’t say though what has changed under Xavi.”
The German also spoke about playing styles and admitted he favours a possession-based game.
“Those who know me well know I always want to have the ball, but the key to a good team is adapting to different necessities,” said Kroos.
“If you have pace up top, you have to make the most of that. It can be a way to control, but I always prefer to have the ball.
“I’d be happy with 90 percent possession and a 1-0 win. You have to look for the gaps, but possession on its own isn’t enough.”
“At the start of the season we won a lot of games without playing well,” said Kroos.
“Now we have improved and we’ve done very well in tough games. There are no prizes handed out in January, except the Supercopa.