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Kroos relieved to skip “agonizing” team banquets after away games like at Bayern

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Toni Kroos was not a fan of Bayern’s post-game banquets and games. At Real Madrid, he can just leave and go home!

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Robert Lewandowski, Thiago, and Corentin Tolisso enjoying a post-game banquet with Bayern Munich.
Photo by M. Donato/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Germany’s most charismatic player and Real Madrid’s veteran midfielder Toni Kroos recently gave an interesting insight into his ideal evening after a Champions League away game — like Real Madrid’s late 2-2 against Borussia Mönchengladbach or Bayern Munich’s 2-1 against Lokomotiv Moscow yesterday.

Talking about the difference between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on the podcast “Einfach mal Luppen” (AZ), Kroos said, “Whatever the case is: we can travel home directly after the game. Things were different back then at Munich. It was always agonizing.”

Bayern Muenchen Party - Champions League Final
Toni Kroos (left) trying to enjoy a post-game banquet with “Feierbiest” Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dante.
Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

As we all know, Bayern Munich always holds a dinner for the players and club personnel who have traveled with the team. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge usually addresses the team at the banquet, sometimes delivering notable speeches. From railing against the officiating in the 2017 elimination to Real Madrid to presenting Hansi Flick with a pen “for signing papers,” the Bayern banquet has provided some notable moments. It is tradition.

But Kroos would rather just go home. There’s “always a banquet on the agenda” at Bayern. But sometimes there were games “after which you just don’t feel like it. Honestly, I always found it a little irritating. So I’m very happy about how it’s managed here [with Real Madrid],” Kroos said. It’s “priceless to come home again quickly,” he concluded.

Well, that “Bayern family” touted by the club obviously isn’t for everyone...