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Toni Kroos no longer fits into this football – Hoeness

Sun 11 July 2021 | 13:43

Former Bayern Munich president criticizes Toni Kroos for his display in the European championship.

Germany

faced an early elimination from the delayed Euro 2020 as they suffered a 2-0 loss to

England

in the round of 16 of the competition.

Former Bayern Munich president

Uli Hoeness

has now launched some critical attacks on former Germany manager Joachim Low and Die Mannschaft’s midfielder, who announced his retirement from international duty after the Euro exit, Toni Kroos.

In an interview with

Sport1

, Hoeness said:

“The first two games in the World Cup qualifiers were pretty decent with a back four, then he changed to a back three, it was completely unnecessary. Why? Low wanted to integrate Kroos.

"If we had played with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller in midfield, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane on the wings and Kai Havertz upfront, we would be in a completely different position today. I'm 100% sure of that.

“I like Kroos, he showed world-class performances in the past. He was great for Bayern - but his way of playing is completely done. He no longer fits with today's football.

“We are 1-0 down against England in the last quarter of an hour, Kroos no longer crossed the halfway line. He played sideways, then sideways again, until the opposing defense had organized themselves.

“Bayern players are super self-confident guys who had a big say with Hansi Flick. I know they were totally unhappy with the situation, with Low's tactics. Yet they accepted it. I don't understand, I didn't know them like that.

“They should have said ‘Toni Kroos no longer fits into this football with his sideways game. Our football is played vertically. The ball is played forward all the time’.


source: SportMob

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