‘Madrid mustn’t lose their heads’

Toni Kroos insists Real Madrid “mustn’t lose our heads” or ignore the defensive side of the game when they host Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid head into the second leg of their quarter-final tie with Wolfsburg 2-0 down from the game in Germany, meaning they must score more than two goals and not concede to book their place in the last four, but Kroos warned his side against attacking recklessly.

“[Wolfsburg] have many dangerous players,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.

“They’re not a one-man team. Of course, Julian [Draxler] is a good player, we knew this before, but the important thing is that we defend as a team and do better [than in the first leg].

“Of course, [not conceding] is important because if we do then we’d need to score four and that’s not easy.

“After our early chances, they became very organised and compact, so it was difficult for us to create chances.

“I hope we receive full and clear support from the fans, but I’m sure we will.

“We need them for encouragement and to create the atmosphere, and I’m sure they will be there at their loudest.

“It’s important [that we score early]. We have to play on the attack, but sensibly. We mustn’t lose our heads.”

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