Toni Kroos could have named any Premier League club and could have chosen any of his side’s Champions League rivals, but he left first with a very surprising choice.
Kroos and his Real Madrid team-mates face Chelsea on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Los Blancos will be aiming for a 14th European title, but if they want to do so, they have arguably the most difficult path, as they now face the current champions, they will likely face last season’s runners-up Manchester City and maybe- to be Liverpool in the final.
In that case, you would think that these three English teams would be at the forefront of their players’ thoughts, including Kroos, but that’s apparently not the case.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder was asked to name nine teams in the English top tier and he didn’t even name one of the ‘big six’ until Tottenham Hotspur were third and next opponents from Chelsea are only fifth in the list.
Most fans wouldn’t have expected Burnley to be named by Kroos in his list of nine, let alone the fact that they came first.
There’s no real reason Sean Dyche’s side should be on the World Cup-winning midfielder’s mind unless he really takes notice of England’s relegation zone.
Things are certainly heating up towards the bottom half, with the Clarets taking on relegation rivals Everton on Wednesday night, down a big six.
If they manage to win, the Lancashire club could be just a point behind Frank Lampard’s side, with just nine games of the season remaining.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has claimed Europe’s showpiece soccer final needs to up its game to be as “big” as the NFL’s Super Bowl.
The 400 million people who tune in to watch the game might have some sort of argument…