Toni Kroos has downplayed his visible frustration after being substituted against Manchester United and told Goal.com it was merely a natural reaction to being taken off.
The 24-year-old midfielder was in discussion with Pep Guardiola straight after being taken off and cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines, which led to more widespread speculation he was unhappy with how he was being treated by Guardiola.
However, Kroos has come out in public support of Guardiola’s decision to withdraw him and claimed he understood the tactical choices behind it.
“We only discussed a few tactical things. It was the coach’s decision to replace me,” Kroos said.
“I don’t mind when I’m taken off after 70 minutes. The plan was to bring on Mario Gotze in order to play even more attacking for the final 20 minutes. That is not a problem for me.
“The coach told me I did well. Everything was just fine. Nobody likes to be substituted.”
This isn’t the first time that Kroos has been frustrated at being substituted by Guardiola as back in January against Stuttgart, he reacted angrily when he was taken off.
Kroos also justified that frustration by claiming he was simply unhappy at being substituted.
“I did not expect to be substituted. But I have to accept it the way it is,” he said.
“I was also a bit annoyed that we were losing at the time of my substitution.”
Look into it as you will but Kroos’ situation at Bayern Munich is far from straight forward and the continued messages from Kroos and Bayern show how both parties are battling for control in the contract negotiations process.