Zinedine Zidane is already making me a better player, claims Toni Kroos

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Zinedine Zidane has only been at Real Madrid since January but he has already improved Toni Kroos, according to the player himself.

Kroos has missed just one match since Zidane took over as manager and his performances have improved under the Frenchman.

The German has been almost an ever present in the Los Blancos line-up since his arrival from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014 and has consistently performed in the heart of midfield.


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But he believes the introduction of the club legend as boss has increased his performance levels even further.

"With Zidane I'm in a situation where I can raise again my level," he told reporters, as per "I can play better, and that is largely to his credit.

"The coach knows I can play deep in midfield or in a box-to-box role and a little more advanced.

"Against Roma I played well advanced, but in recent games played I have played in a deeper role. He knows I can play in various positions."

Calm after the storm

The ship has appeared to have been steadied at Madrid following their derby defeat to Atletico ten days ago.

Following the 1-0 loss, star man Cristiano Ronaldo criticised his teammates by telling reporters: “If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders.”

While manager Zidane hinted that he was in danger of losing his job by saying: “Next year we'll probably have to make changes, maybe even change managers too, but whatever happens we have to keep going about our business.”

But three wins in their previous three matches in all competitions appears to have got the club back on track.

They beat Levante 3-1 just days after the Madrid derby defeat before thrashing Celta Vigo 7-1 at the weekend.

They have also progressed into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 4-0 aggregate victory over AS Roma.

La Liga woes

However, Zidane’s side trail Barcelona by 12 points in La Liga, leaving them with a very unrealistic chance of domestic glory.

Kroos, although doesn’t think they will win La Liga, refuses to give up the chase and believes it’s vital they concentrate to trying to win their 11th European Cup.

"The league is not over and we have to play every game until the end," he added. "I do not think we can be league champions, but we need those games to prepare for the Champions League.

"We're playing well. Not in every game, as is logical, but when things have changed like they have for us, it is normal that not everything fits in the beginning.

"We are on the right track. We press more and when we lose the ball we try to recover it quickly. I think we are recovering many more balls than before.

"We know we can do better and it will be important to apply it in big games, like the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League."

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