Madrid, July 19 (European press) –
Real Madrid’s German midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted that the pre-season game in the US against Barcelona is definitely the only game that isn’t quite a “friendly”, and he wished they could get to that game at AT&T Stadium from Arlington “at that time.” To play ‘together’ again.
Kroos said in statements to the official media: “The El Clasico is a special match and in a private stadium. This is what the match deserves. Perhaps this is one of the matches that are not friendly. I think El Clasico is never like that.” Club posted on Wednesday.
For the Germans, “this kind of game” will mainly serve them to “get up to speed”. “It will be our third game there in the United States and I think we will improve every game, the physical improvement,” he said.
“The team will have already had a couple of games to get back together after the summer and it is always important to regain the feeling of playing together. And I hope we will be against Barcelona at that point, so we can play good football, a good game for our fans there and win because the match against Barcelona is never a friendly.” Cross confirmed.
The madridistas make no secret of how “special” it is to be part of the pre-season in the United States. “It’s the only chance for us to play there during the year, because we play during the season in Spain and in other neighboring countries. We always win to go there in the summer and see our fans, and they are a lot. Every year we see games in Pasadena, Houston, Arlington and Orlando,” he stressed. The desire with which they welcome us and to see four cities with four matches is very good.”
Kroos knows that “pre-season is always hard work because you’re trying to get Protection Points that will help you throughout the season or should.” He noted in this regard: “We continue to work with and without the ball, this is more or less the same every year. There is not much time because we have these nine days here and then we start with the preparatory matches.”
In this sense, the midfielder stressed that going into these four matches there is “not much time to train hard”. “The matches are important for accelerating the pace, so these days it is very important to get the bases in for the whole season. The most important thing is to keep up the pace, especially in the first game and regain the sense of being on the repeat “pitch.”
“There’s always a great atmosphere in the States. Real Madrid and Manchester United might be the two clubs with the most fans, so I expect a great atmosphere and I think it’s also a great opportunity for them to see us play because during the season all our games are in Europe, so those games are in the States.” United is always a great opportunity,” the German continued.
Finally, the Real Madrid player said that “Football in the United States is improving and growing.” “They are organizing the 2026 World Cup so I think their idea is to grow and it shows. Now you see more players coming into their league, which will improve and grow and grow. It’s always good if teams are growing and I think the USA has a lot of potential in football.” He also said of a country where players like Leo Messi and Sergio Busquets have landed this year.