KROOS SETTLING IN
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has said that he is settling in well with the new system adopted by manager Pep Guardiola since taking over at the club in the summer. Guardiola is known for adopting the Tiki-Taka style of football during his successful spell at Barcelona. Even though Bayern Munich themselves have been immensely successful only recently, Guardiola has attempted to change the philosophy and the style of play at the club. Even though this has come in for criticism from a few quarters, Kroos says that the new style of play is suited to him.
The 23-year-old is regarded as one of the important players at the club. He was once again at his best in the 1-1 draw with Bayern Leverkusen during the weekend. This result saw Bayern Munich overtake Borussia Dortmund in the table. Their arch rivals could only manage a defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Both teams were coming into the encounter on the back of Champions league matches in the midweek, which would have undoubtedly taken the energy out of the team despite the strong squads that they possess.
Kroos has said that it is a lot of fun to play this style of football, while it also allows him to have more of the ball in the middle of the park.
“Our style of play is a lot of fun. It really suits me that we use a lot of short passes through the middle and then quickly move play to the wings. We all feel it when we are in total control on the pitch and dominate play. However, you simply have not done enough when the game eventually ends 1-1. We gave away two points against Leverkusen,” said the 23-year-old, who has made 14 appearances in all competitions for the German club this season.