• Kroos: Adaptability key for Real Madrid ahead of La Liga return

    Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos believes the team that adapts best when the La Liga season resumes will enjoy success.

    After being suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the La Liga campaign is set to get back underway on June 11.

    Madrid are two points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona with 11 matches remaining this season.

    Kroos, whose side host Eibar in their first game back, said whoever adapted to playing behind closed doors would be successful.

    “We are training hard to get to the first game in the best possible shape. We can’t do any more, this situation is the same for everyone,” he told Real Madrid TV.

    “We have to train well on our fitness, on our feeling with the ball and on how we have to play as a group, we are training for the 11 matches coming up.

    “It’s the first time we have to play matches without the fans, let’s see how it is, and the team that adapts better to this situation is the one that will win.”
    Madrid had lost three of their five matches in all competitions before the season was stopped due to Covid-19.

    Kroos said returning to working with the ball in training had been important ahead of play resuming.

    “It’s much better to train with the group, you have to play matches in training. Now it seems to be more normal and we like it more,” the German said.

    “The weeks we’ve been at home we haven’t touched the ball much. We could work on the physical side of things at home, but not on the ball and even less so with the group. The most important thing is to touch the ball a lot.”

    Karim Benzema, meanwhile, is convinced Real Madrid will hit the ground running when they resume their La Liga campaign, highlighting Zinedine Zidane’s emphasis on “enjoyment” following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

    “Zidane’s message is enjoyment. Enjoy playing football. We have had more contact with the ball than last week,” Benzema said.

    “We did more fitness last week and now, as we are closer to the restart of La Liga, we have been using the ball more.

    “The adaptation has been very good, step by step. It is much better here with our team-mates and with the ball, because it is more difficult to do so at home. It is more about the gym and fitness.”

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