Kroos: I hope Ronaldo can keep this up

The Germany international has hailed his team-mate’s run of form, but both he and Marcelo have called on the squad to keep fighting to prolong their winning run

Toni Kroos hopes to see team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo keep up his stunning goalscoring record for Real Madrid for as long as possible.

Ronaldo hit a record-breaking 23rd hat-trick in La Liga in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday, taking his tally to 23 goals in just 13 matches in Spain’s top flight so far this season.

The 29-year-old – who has now reached 200 goals in La Liga – led his side to a record-equalling 18th consecutive victory in all competitions, and Kroos is eager that they do not allow their efforts to drop as they continue to fight for trophies on all fronts.

“The key is to keep up this consistency. We have to keep working like this and winning games. What’s most important isn’t the record for wins, but keeping on winning every game and staying in top spot,” he told Madrid’s official website.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a really important player. He put in a very good match and was decisive once again. He’s always a key player and I hope he keeps it up.”

Marcelo also warned his team-mates that they cannot afford to relax heading into the winter break and is optimistic that James Rodriguez will not be out for long after he picked up an injury against Celta.

“The record is very important but we want to carry on working, fighting hard and winning, and to do that we have to be focused and we can’t afford to relax,” said the Brazilian. “We can’t take anything for granted. The secret is hard work, fighting spirit, togetherness and everyone showing desire.

“Cristiano is in really good shape, as you’re all aware. The team helps him a lot and he helps the team. We’re delighted to have him. Let’s hope that what James picked up is nothing.”

With a Champions League clash with Ludogorets to come and the Club World Cup around the corner, Dani Carvajal is keen to maintain their winning run.

“Celta made it difficult for us. The coach had already warned us that it was going to be tough, because they’re good with the ball. We had chances and deserved the win,” he said.

“We’re not thinking about the record, we’re just thinking about keeping on winning, and now we have to think about Ludogorets. All the players have to be prepared because then we have the Club World Cup coming up.”

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