Kroos: 'We have to think about qualifying for the Champions League next year'
Toni Kroos spoke to BeIN Sports after Real Madrid's loss to Villarreal on Saturday and said the side's focus should be qualifying for the Champions League at this point.
Question: What can you say about today, how do you explian today's defeat?
Kroos: "Yes, at the moment, that's been the problem in some games this year that we did a good job but at the end we didn't score and at the end for a good result, a good sensation, you need goals, you need points, you need wins and we don't have them at the moment and that's, of course, that's a hard time at the moment because we are trying, we are doing, we are running, we are playing, I think we played a good game today, in my opinion. As you said, first half some chances, second half, we also tried everything. Pressed high, won the ball, played, created chances, maybe not so many clear chances but I think there is no doubt that we normally have to win this game that we don't win at the moment but we have to keep going because there are still a lot of months left in the season and a lot to win.
What crosses a Real Madrid players mind today, at the Bernabeu and you try everything and then the last minute, your opponent scores?
Kroos: It can always happen, which is clear, because they're not a bad team. If you fight for 90 minutes it's possible that they get one chance but I also heard that it was offside, the pass, but it doesn't matter because what I'm more interested in our game. I think, also, defensively we played a good game, we pressed high, I can't remember a big chance for them until the last minute and so it's even more difficult for us but we have to fight back and there's no other way.
Sometimes, the lack of goals can be mental and when you score again, things just keep going from there right now, is it mental issues?
Kroos: Of Course, if you are not having the best time and start to thinking, it's always more difficult, it's always more easy if you have a good run, a good game to give you confidence. But also, today, I think it was a little bit of bad luck, I don't know. No, it's difficult, at the moment, but there's no doubt that we will win many games this season, the season is still long and we have to get the maximum.
16 points away from Barcelona. Is LaLiga over?
Kroos: We have to first, in our position, at the moment, we have to look at qualifying for the Champions League next year, I think this must be our goal for the rest of the season because 16 points is far away and it's not, at the moment, what we have to think about at the moment. We have to think about the next game to win, to get the points, to get sure to get to second or third place.
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