Toni Kroos remained ice cold before facing Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday, according to his brother.
The Real Madrid star and Germany World Cup winner has long been regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, and also one of the calmest as he doesn’t let the big occasions get to him.
Kroos was excellent in the first leg of the quarter-final against Liverpool in Madrid, dictating play from deep and helping his side get on the front foot in the tie to take a 3-1 lead.
Back at Anfield things were a little tougher for Real, but they managed to survive in the face of Liverpool’s repeated attacks as the Reds tried and failed to break down their opponents.
Wednesday night’s goalless draw meant that Real headed through on aggregate, and Kroos’ pre-match calm was justified.
The midfielder’s brother Felix Kroos was a guest on DAZN’s coverage of the match from Anfield, and when he was asked about his brother’s approach to the game just 10 minutes before kick-off he painted a picture of how calm he was.
“You can call him five minutes before a World Cup final and have a chat with him,” said Felix, who plays for Bundesliga 2 side Eintracht Braunschweig, via Marca.
“I think 20 minutes ago we were talking about the Osnabruck match against Regensburg, which just ended in the second division, and which is the best result for us (Braunschweig).
“If they inform me correctly, the match ended 0-1. I told him that the draw was not bad for us, but he told me that it was better that they (Osnabruck) lost.”
After the fairly mundane pre-match discussion, the elder Kroos then headed out onto the Anfield pitch and turned in a typically composed display as Real earned a semi-final date with Chelsea.