I WANT TO KEEP KROOS FRESH - BENITEZ
The midfielder will be rotated throughout the
season as the coach tries to keep his best
players in peak condition.
Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez says he will
rotate Toni Kroos this season to ensure he
remains fit for the entire campaign.
The Germany international made 55
appearances in all competitions last term
but Benitez is keen to reduce the workload on
Kroos watched on from the bench as
Madrid thrashed Espanyol 6-0 in La Liga last
weekend before returning for the Champions
League win over Shakhtar on Tuesday.
"I know how important he was for the team last
season and how difficult it was for him to hold
down the fort in midfield virtually alone all
campaign, so what I want is to keep him fresh,"
he told a news conference.
"Luka [Modric] and Kroos make the difference
when they're on the pitch. I will rotate by
making changes in certain positions, but Kroos
is very important for us."
Kroos joined Madrid from Bayern Munich in the
summer of 2014.
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