Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has brushed off criticism of the club’s inconsistent start, stating on Saturday that success is part of Los Blancos’ DNA.
Real manager Rafa Benitez has struggled out of the gate since being named Madrid coach in the wake of Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking this summer, which included an embarrassing 4-0 Clasico defeat to Barcelona at the Bernabeu.
Later, the club were embarrassingly disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding ineligible player Denis Cheryshev in a last-32 first-leg match against Cadiz in early December.
Real currently sit third in the La Liga table, two points behind leaders Barcelona though the Catalans have a game in hand. Kroos, however, doesn’t believe the time is right to make any final evaluations on the squad.
“We’re not even at the half-way point in the domestic championship and we performed very well in the Champions League group stage to reach the round of 16,” Kroos told the club’s website.
“It’s too early to be making evaluations. We are Real Madrid and being successful is part of our DNA.”
The Germany international added that while he’s optimistic about what the rest of the season holds for the team, there is still much work to do.
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