Kroos is confident Real Madrid can dominate midfield, without Modric

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The German international is confident Real Madrid have enough depth to their squad, as they prepare to take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

At the Champions League preview press conference on Tuesday, via the official club website and ahead of Wednesday's crucial second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid, much of the focus was on players who will be absent for Real Madrid.

When asked how that will affect the team, German midfielder Toni Kroos responded with confidence by explaining: "We're highly motivated and everything is normal. We got a good result in the first-leg and we want to get through. The injuries for certain players isn't good, but lamenting that won't help. We'll do the best we possibly can and hopefully we'll get through."

Marcelo is suspended, whilst Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric are all out injured. The absence of the Croatian midfielder is perhaps the one causing the most concern. 

When that was highlighted to Kroos, he noted: "When Luka is fine, he's very important for us, but there's already been a lot of talk about that and he won't be playing tomorrow. We'll send a great team out there. We'll be trying to compensate, we'll try to dominate midfield and we will have our options to win."

As always and beyond the negative of players out injured, the positive comes in the shape of opportunities for others to shine. Real Madrid are expected to play Illarramendi and Isco alongside Kroos in midfield on Wednesday.

Questioned about the role they can play, Kroos suggested: "Firstly, it's the manager you should ask, but they're both great players and they've helped us a lot so far. They can do so tomorrow too."

Whatever eleven Real Madrid start with, they know beating Atletico Madrid won't be easy, given results over recent years in the derby encounters.

Taking that into account, Kroos acknowledged: "If we look at the results, Atletico have always been a difficult rival, but tomorrow is a good opportunity for us to beat them and get through to the semi-finals. It would be nice to beat them."

The 0-0 draw in the first-leg at the Vicente Calderon was a good result, as far as Kroos is concerned, with his team now having the advantage of playing the second at the Bernabeu.

As such, the Real Madrid number eight observed with certainty: "In the first-leg we did very well in the first half, but now we have to play the same way for the whole ninety minutes. We have to play our own game and if we do that, we'll get through."

A yellow card would see Kroos miss the semi-final first-leg, should Real Madrid get through. The match against Atletico features German referee, Felix Bryche and for that reason, the midfielder joked: "I'll have a word with him, tell him to take care and not give me a yellow, because I'd be suspended."

More seriously though, Kroos concluded: "He's a very good referee and will do well. I already know what to expect from him."

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