‘I thought the stadium would collapse!’ – Toni Kroos left in awe of Celtic Park after Real Madrid’s Champions League clash at Parkhead


    Toni Kroos was inspired by the Celtic atmosphere (Picture: Getty)
    Toni Kroos was inspired by the Celtic atmosphere (Picture: Getty)

    Real Madrid star Toni Kroos says he thought Parkhead was going to come ‘crashing down’ during his side’s Champions League clash against Celtic last week.

    Carlo Ancelotti’s side won 3-0 in the Scottish capital but they were made to work hard for their victory, with the Bhoys giving as good as they got for an hour before the Spaniard’s opener.

    The atmosphere at Celtic Park is renowned the world over and many legendary figures such as Xavi and Ronaldinho have described Parkhead as their favourite ground.

    From the side’s famous huddle to a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, opponents can often been seen looking round at Parkhead during the Champions League anthem to soak in the atmosphere.

    And Kroos was no different last week, though he says the noise levels were so loud that he thought the stadium was going to collapse.

    Kroos says Parkhead is now his favourite away ground (Picture: Getty)
    Kroos says Parkhead is now his favourite away ground (Picture: Getty)

     ‘I was being asked several times which (away) stadium is my favourite. And there is a new number one, I can tell you,’ Kross told the Einfach mal Luppen podcast.

    ‘Celtic Park, it has just been crazy.

    ‘We came out and the atmosphere was good. But then the Champions League anthem came on and I thought the stadium would crash down!

    ‘And then they did it again (after they did the Huddle).

    ‘When we lined up for the team picture I told David Alaba “it already feels like we are 2-0 down”. Just insane.

    ‘The first twenty minutes they pressed incredibly on us and had chances. The fans pushed them even more. 

    ‘The fans kept going till the end, even when we scored the third, they still were pushing the team. And then they made changes near the end and the whole stadium got off their feet.

    ‘The real special thing was, not only did they push their team, but also respect us, there was no hate.

    ‘I am used to a lot over all those years. But this really impressed me heavily. A great experience.’

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