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Toni Kroos: “We deserved to be eliminated against Chelsea”

The German midfielder also talked about the referee decisions vs Sevilla on his latest podcast

Chelsea v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg Two Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

On the latest episode of Einfach mal Luppen, Toni Kroos, who was called up to the German National Team squad for Euro 2021 today, spoke about his ‘annoyance’ with the referee in the draw against Sevilla, the elimination against Chelsea in the Champions League, and more. Our German friends over at Real Total translated the interview:

On the Champions League elimination vs Chelsea

“We deserved to be eliminated against Chelsea,” Kroos said. “Especially in the second half of the second game it wasn’t difficult to see that the better team had won.“

On his ‘annoyance’ with the referee in the Sevilla game

The standout quotes from his podcast were when Kroos spoke about how he and Zidane were both in disagreement with the decisions the referee made against Sevilla.

“I’m not someone who likes to grumble in any way,” Kroos said. “But in that case I was extremely annoyed. ’Zizou’ never really says anything about decisions, he always protects the referees. The fact that he goes to the referee after the game is a sign that he too felt a bit ripped off. And me too. We made that very clear to him again. He tried to justify himself, but for me it is a very, very clear wrong decision.

Kroos elaborated why he felt Militao didn’t commit a penalty:

“My opinion is very clear and it is very rare that I disagree with the referee at all,” Kroos continued. “That was such a day. If you have the feeling that you are being disadvantaged in such a way and that with such a meaning ... that’s one thing where I say: It doesn’t work. He has his back to the ball and doesn’t even see it. And in slow motion you can see that the ball first goes to your shoulder and then to your arm. We were also told that if the ball ricochets off another part of the body, this is not a handball. To look at it again and to revise it, because he didn’t whistle in the game itself, is a real intervention in such a championship. If in the end it is not enough, in my opinion that was a situation that also contributed to it. For me this is clearly a situation who co-decided that. This is not only bitter, it also makes you very angry”

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