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“Must keep going”: Kroos criticizes Marciniak for offside whistle in Madrid

The final phase of the clash between Real Madrid and FC Bayern is still reverberating. Now Toni Kroos has also criticized the offside whistle by referee Szymon Marciniak

The Germany international, who revealed the European Championship nomination of Leverkusen’s Robert Andrich on Wednesday morning, looked back on the heated final phase of last Wednesday’s clash between Real and Bayern together with his brother Felix in the podcast “Einfach mal Luppen”. In particular the offside whistle by referee Szymon Marciniak in stoppage time. Did the Pole whistle too quickly?

Bad handling

“Poor handling, must be allowed to continue,” Kroos judged in the podcast, but takes Marciniak somewhat out of the line of fire of the critics. “I see the fault mainly with the linesman,” said the Blancos midfield strategist. After all, the assistants on the line were instructed to wait and only indicate a very clear offside

In the 13th minute of stoppage time, Bayern were denied their last chance to make it 2:2 when Matthijs de Ligt’s goal was disallowed. The whistle meant that the scene could no longer be reviewed by video evidence.

“If he raises the flag now, the referee assumes that his linesman will apply it in exactly the same way, trusting that it was probably three meters offside,” Kroos continued, only to agree with the frustrated Bayern: “The anger is justified somewhere, because you simply have to play the situation to the end, 100%. “

Collective shutdown or not?

At the same time, the 34-year-old raised the question of whether his team-mates would not have been able to defend de Ligt’s shot (“It was very good”) without the early offside whistle. “I don’t know if there was already a collective switch-off, because the whistle was blown very early. You could tell that the tension had gone out of everyone on the pitch who had the idea of defending that goal,” said the Greifswald native.

Real had advanced to the Champions League final with a 2:1 victory in the semi-final second leg. Their opponents there will be Borussia Dortmund in London on June 1.

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