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The Defensive Tendencies of Toni Kroos

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The Defensive Tendencies of Toni Kroos The Defensive Tendencies of Toni Kroos

The Defensive Tendencies of Toni Kroos

A closer look at Toni?s form this season These observations ? where I look at Real Madrid?s history, its players on loan, Castilla, tactical tidbits, and other relevant thoughts -- are now a regular weekly thing. All previous editions can be found here.

The mailbag has blown up. There are more questions than ever before. I?ve decided to release different questions daily (on non-match days). If I answered them all in one go, it would blow up the universe ? and no one wants that. Besides, almost no one on earth has the attention span to read 10, 000 words in one sitting.
As always, if you want to ask me a question, best to ask me on Twitter or Facebook.
Today?s question is from a Patron:

First, let?s get something out of the way ? this idea that ?Kroos is finished? needs to get fleshed out of our collective system. Not that you?ve said that, Essa, but I?ve seen this narrative pushed on social media: Kroos is finished, Marcelo is finished, Carvajal is finished, Kovacic is not good enough anymore, Isco is a villain, and we need Florentino to go to his superstar tree and pick a bunch of ripe fruits like Kane and Hazard because that?s exactly how football works, etc. See: Me making fun of you all here.
I?ve written about Kroos this season already ? mostly good stuff ? and with the ball, he?s generally been fine. He started the season misplacing paces he normally wouldn?t (as was the case with the entire team), but he?s shifted a gear in that department, and is now the most accurate-passing central midfielder in La Liga statistically, and makes the most key passes on the entire team. Still, he?s 28 ? young enough that we know he?s not finished by any means, but old enough to know he has kinks in his game defensively that probably won?t be rectified at this point. His jogging in transition has been the elephant in the room for a couple years now. When the opponent is flying through on the break, Kroos will jog behind him as if he?s the ball-carrier?s running buddy ? either that, or he just wants of a view dat booty.
Some of this is probably by design. There are benefits to not having everyone on the team making the same defensive run to save a goal. You conserve energy to do most of your damage high up the pitch, and if you arrange yourself higher on the field, you can serve as an outlet when the ball is retained ? accelerating the counter-attack.
There are instances where you have to throw all that out the window, and just help the team defensively ? and it?s those extreme moments that has me convinced Kroos just doesn?t want to sprint back. He?s been lackadaisical in this department in years past, but never has it hurt Real Madrid as much as it has this season. When you?re the last stopgap, there are no tactics, outlets, or energy conservation ideas in the equation anymore. In that moment, logic has to kick in, an engine needs to be revved, and you have to save the goal.
Here?s the thing with Kroos, though ? he?s a dif...


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