Real Madrid fans blast ‘abysmal’ Toni Kroos and ‘liability’ Eder Militao and urge Carlo Ancelotti to drop the duo for the return Champions League semi-final against Manchester City
- Real Madrid were narrowly beaten 4-3 at Manchester City in the semi-final
- But despite Madrid’s strong attacking display fans were critical of two stars
- Toni Kroos and Eder Militao were singled out for poor defensive performances
It’s still all to play for in the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City, but fans of the Spanish side are far from happy despite the closely fought seven-goal thriller – and with two of their players in particular.
Manchester City narrowly edged the first leg at the Etihad Stadium 4-3 thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva.
But a double from Karim Benzema and a Vinicius Jnr effort ensures the Spanish league leaders can head into the second leg full of positivity and a high chance of turning around the semi-final.
Toni Kroos (left) and Eder Militao have been criticised by fans for a poor display at Man City
However, Madrid fans were despondent over the performance of two of their defensive minded players as City launched a siege of attacks at the Madrid goal.
Long serving midfield star Toni Kroos was heavily criticised for his performance for Carlo Ancelotti’s side on Tuesdayk, as was his team-mate Eder Militao.
A fan remarked: ‘Kroos struggled as a holding mid and Militao had a stinker.’
Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping his side can turn around the first leg 4-3 defeat at the Bernabeu
Two more supporters suggested that the performance on the night from both was more than a stand-alone display and was part of a run of poor form being shown.
One fan said: ‘Kroos and Militao haven’t had a good performance in so long it really hurts to see it.’
‘Kroos was terrible today and has been for weeks now. Also Wth is wrong with militao these past couple of weeks?…he’s playing like a wild man,’ another added.
Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring for Manchester City, who hold a narrow advantage
Other supporters feared Kroos’ downturn in form may be the start of a decline for the midfielder, who since joining Madrid in 2014 has played 358 times for the club and helped them to three Champions League titles.
They claimed: ‘Militao is a liability and Toni Kroos is yesterday’s man.’
While both sides will be focused on winning their domestic titles in the coming days, attention will soon turn back to the second leg that takes place on May 4 at the Bernabeu.
Ahead of the tie a couple of fans even suggested dropping both.
One said: ‘Militao and Kroos need to be dropped for the 2nd leg,’ while another echoed a similar sentiment by calling for a Casemiro or Eduardo Camavinga recall, saying: ‘Yep, Ancelotti must dropped [sic] Kroos for Casemiro or Camavinga then Militao out as well.’