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Aside from Ronaldo, Kroos was the big sensation of the night in Cardiff. It is difficult to take a star-studded dressing room by surprise, but the German left his teammates awe-struck.
Real Madrid squad, impressed with Toni Kroos' top class
08/14/2014
 
CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 12:  Real Madrid player Toni Kroos (l) outpaces Daniel Carrico of Seville...

Aside from Ronaldo, Kroos was the big sensation of the night in Cardiff. It is difficult to take a star-studded dressing room by surprise, but the German left his teammates awe-struck.


"He's a brilliant player and it's a privilege to have him on the team", enthused Sergio Ramos. "He's a great player and I'm sure he will help the team a lot, as will James and Navas", Cristiano added, the only one who was able to outshine Kroos in his impressive debut as Real Madrid player.


There is no-one at the club not smiling about this new addition. They knew they were getting a great player, but did not expect such an outstanding performance after just a week with the team.


Ancelotti, who can see his troublesome midfield problem vanishing before his eyes, is rubbing his hands together with glee. With the arrival of the German he does not need to depend so heavily on Xabi Alonso, neither does he need to experiment with Modric when looking for a playmaker.


The stats Kroos notched up against Sevilla clearly show his qualities: great accuracy at passing, an imposing presence in the game and a tactical intelligence which allows him to be so effective in defense. He was the player who put in the most passes of the night - delivering 85 and only missing three, a 96% accuracy rate. In defense, he committed three fouls, stole nine balls and was shown one yellow card. Balance personified.


It was his steady calmness that was so remarkable, despite only having had a week of preseason. He made no mistakes and inspired great confidence.


Source: Jose Luis Calderon MARCA
 
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