Madrid doesn't need added motivation for Clasico, says Kroos

No added motivation is needed ahead of El Clasico, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said.

Real Madrid ideally needs to win the El Clasico to keep the title race alive.   -  Getty Images

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos believes his team's Club World Cup success will make little difference ahead of a crucial El Clasico.

Zinedine Zidane's men claimed a fifth trophy of the year with a 1-0 win over Gremio on Saturday, but their attentions must quickly turn to domestic matters.

Read: Ronaldo free-kick secures Club World Cup glory for Real

Madrid host La Liga leader Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, needing a win to close an eight-point gap to its rival.

Kroos said Madrid's latest trophy mattered little for that clash, insisting his team already had all the motivation it needed.

"For this game, you don't need anything special before or any motivation or anything," the Germany international said. "It's better to go with a good feeling back to Madrid but this game is special whatever happens before."

Cristiano Ronaldo scored in each of Madrid's victories at the Club World Cup, including the winner against Gremio.

As Ronaldo proved his critics wrong again, Kroos said his team already knew how important the Portuguese forward was.

"This is good for the press. We know if he is on the pitch he tries to help us. He tries to score and he did it again in both matches. We don't need to speak about how important he is to us," he said.

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