Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes Toni Kroos has already become an adequate replacement for Xabi Alonso at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Germany international arrived at Real in the close-season from Bayern Munich, with Alonso, who had been at the club for five years following his switch from Liverpool, winning the Spanish La Liga, the UEFA Champions’ League and the Spanish Copa del Rey along the way, going in the opposite direction soon after.
However, with Kroos in impressive form alongside Luka Modric for Real this season so far, Ancelotti believes the 24-year-old has proven his capabilities to replace Alonso, and has been dubbed “professor” by the Italian manager.
“He’s another professor,” Ancelotti is quoted as telling Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“He has aced his crash course in replacing Xabi Alonso. I’ve been surprised by the fact that he never gets on edge. He always plays the same way, whatever the pressure.”
“He’s very important – a lot of our play goes through him. What’s more, he’s still very young. He plays at pace, always picks the right pass, doesn’t lose the ball and wins back possession.”