Cape Town - Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has dismissed recent comparisons between himself and Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso following their off-season moves.
The two midfielders swapped clubs following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with Kroos joining Los Blancos for a reported fee of 30 million and Alonso heading to Bavaria for an undisclosed amount a month later.The switch has seen many draw comparisons between the two World Cup winners and while Kroos admits he does possess similar qualities to Alonso, the 24-year-old stopped short of comparing himself to the man he essentially replaced in the Spanish capital.
"I don’t like comparisons, although when you consider the position we both play in then we’re not such different players," the Germany international admitted at a Press conference.
"I’ve settled in very well in a short space of time and I feel very integrated, both within the squad and outside it."
Kroos added that he believes La Liga is a step up from the Bundesliga and says while their may be tougher league encounters in Germany, players in Spain are more technically sound.
"On the pitch, teams here show more commitment than in the Bundesliga," he added."Even so, you can’t win games in the Spanish League by giving only 70 or 80 per cent and you’ve always got to step on the gas."
"I think that, by and large, there are better players here than in Germany, although teams there pose more difficulties.