Toni Kroos breaks off ZDF interview after Champions League final

Dhe five-time Champions League winner Toni Kroos from Real Madrid broke off a TV interview after beating Liverpool in the final. “You’ve had 90 minutes to think of sensible questions, and then you ask me two such sh…questions. That’s crazy,” replied the former world champion in the winner’s interview on ZDF shortly after the 1-0. The 32-year-old was asked if it was surprising that Real came under so much pressure in the final on Saturday night at the Stade de France.

“It’s not surprising that you’re in trouble against Liverpool,” said Kroos. “What kind of question is that, you’re not playing a group game somewhere, we’re playing the Champions League final.” After the approach of another question, Kroos just walked away and scolded: “It’s really bad, really bad.”

The camera had already panned away when the argument on the field could still be heard: “First you ask two negative questions,” Kroos shouted: “You know straight away that you’re from Germany.” ZDF commentator Bela Rethy reacted calmly : “Well, in ten years we’ll laugh about it.”

Kroos did not take the previous question from ZDF reporter Nils Kaben well. “What is natural. We put up a great fight, we knew Liverpool were a great team,” Kroos replied, asking if the win wasn’t so obvious given the course of the game.

It was Kroos’ fifth triumph in the premier class, catching up with record holder Cristiano Ronaldo. “It will definitely have to settle down for a few days. I’ve won this trophy a number of times, but this is a very special day for me because all my children are in the stadium this time,” said the 32-year-old. “I can hardly describe how beautiful it is.”

ZDF expert Per Mertesacker, who became world champion with Kroos in Brazil in 2014, said after the interview: “I’ve also experienced negative questions after a positive outcome.” Mertesacker had himself during the World Cup before eight Years after the round of 16 victory against Algeria, he expressed annoyance at questions and said the sentence that has now become legendary in German football: “I’ll lie down in the ice bin for three days.”


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