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Jamie Carragher's interview with Toni Kroos at Champions League final draws Real Madrid staff's ire

Jamie Carragher speaks to Toni Kroos after the Champions League final, getting hurried by a Real Madrid official.
-Credit: (Image: CBS Sports)


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher risked ruffling feathers at Real Madrid during a pitch-side interview with the club's star, Toni Kroos, following its Champions League victory. Indeed, a member of staff could be seen trying to bring an end to proceedings.

Kroos delivered an exceptional performance in the 718th and final appearance of his club career, contributing to Real Madrid's 2-0 triumph over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. Goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior sealed the win.

The win marked Real's 15th Champions League title and Kroos' sixth during his impressive ten-year stint with the Spanish giants. The 34-year-old is set to represent Germany at Euro 2024 before hanging up his boots, having made 465 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring 28 goals and providing 98 assists.

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After the game, Carragher caught up with Kroos for an emotional debrief live on CBS Sports. Reflecting on his feelings post-match, Kroos said: "Yeah it could be worse [as a way to finish].

"That was the plan. Of course, it's difficult to plan this but it's crazy. Even though we didn't do our best match today obviously it seems in these games we're not able to lose."

Kroos added: "We were pretty lucky in the first half, we didn't do a good game. We changed some things. We tried to get more compact. The coach put Jude [Bellingham] right next to me to be a bit more compact in this area and I think it helped. After we scored we improved a lot and then there was no doubt. anymore, but first half we struggled.

"You don't lose finals. I think that's a good base to have. It's crazy when you see our route to the final in recent years. It becomes about quality, of course, but the mentality is crazy to even be the worst team and win these games. It's a lot of believing and I think that separates this club from all the others."

The interview took an awkward turn when a member of Real's media team gestured frantically to indicate that Jamie Carragher's time was up, with Kroos a man very much in demand. But that didn't deter the former Liverpool man from posing another question.

As Kroos responded to one of Carragher's final questions, the former defender couldn't help but glance at the agitated official, who was eager to move Kroos along to his next commitment. The 46-year-old found humor in the situation, later tweeting a photo of himself eyeing the official and amusingly updating his X (formerly Twitter) profile picture to the same image.

Liverpool.com says: You only get one chance to interview a club legend on the verge of retirement after a victorious Champions League final. You can't blame Carragher for pushing his luck a little.

You can't help but wonder how different things might have been if Steven Gerrard had been successful in persuading Kroos to Liverpool in 2014, as Brendan Rodgers infamously got him to do. Maybe Carragher would have got to that if the Real Madrid staff hadn't been bearing down!

* An AI tool was used to add an extra layer to the editing process for this story. You can read the original story in the Liverpool ECHO here.