Zinedine Zidane defends Toni Kroos selection

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane claims that he had no choice but to select Toni Kroos in Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash with Cultural Leonesa.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended his decision to select Toni Kroos for Wednesday night's Copa del Rey clash with Segunda B outfit Cultural Leonesa.

Los Blancos have all but booked their spot in the next round of the competition after recording a 7-1 victory in Leon, where Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata both netted a brace.

German midfielder Kroos was tipped to be rested for the midweek match after playing a lot of football in recent weeks, but Zidane has claimed that injuries to the likes of Luka Modric and Casemiro forced his hand.

"I had to play him because we were missing several players in that position," Zidane told reporters. "The plan was to give him a rest towards the end, but he wanted to play on until the end. I asked him and he said that he was feeling good and wanted to continue. It was a normal game for him."

La Liga leaders Real Madrid will return to league action with a trip to Alaves on Saturday afternoon.

Zinedine Zidane looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between AS Roma and Real Madrid on February 17, 2016
Read Next:
Zidane "happy" to be top of table
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

2Atletico MadridAtletico2012712992043
4Real Madrid19105439182135
10Real Betis208393341-827
11Celta Vigo207583327626
12Athletic Bilbao206862322126
14Real Sociedad206683334-124
18Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2044122244-2216
19Las PalmasLas Palmas2042141647-3114
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account