Real Madrid squad’s "malicious" celebration after Barcelona’s 8-2 humiliation

Toni Kroos admits there were "malicious celebrations" in the Real Madrid squad's WhatsApp group chat after Barcelona's Champions League thrashing.

The Catalan giants were put to the sword by Bayern Munich in last week's quarter-final, losing 8-2 to cap a dismal season.

The result prompted the club's board to swiftly sack manager Quique Setien, whose tenure also saw Barcelona squander the La Liga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid.

And even though Los Blancos had already exited the Champions League at the hands of Manchester City, midfield star Kroos claims there was a party atmosphere as Barcelona crashed out of the competition.

"You could not show everything that was said [in public], but you can imagine that there was no pity," Kroos told the 'Einfach mal Luppen' podcast.

"There were some malicious celebrations."

Kroos compared the incident to Barcelona's collapse against Roma in the Champions League during the 2017/18 season.

Heading into the quarter-final clash, Roma trailed 4-1 from the first leg at Camp Nou. But an infamous night at Stadio Olimpico saw the Giallorossi win 3-0 to sink Barcelona and progress to the last four.

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Reflecting on the match, Kroos added: "People were running around screaming up and down the rooms. Everyone here lives it that way."

The World Cup winner also admitted he is still "annoyed" by the 4-2 aggregate defeat to Manchester City. But he is pleased his former club Bayern Munich have a good chance of winning their sixth Champions League title.

When asked if he had come to terms with Real's last-16 exit, Kroos replied: "Yes absolutely, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t continue to annoy me.

"Real Madrid belong further than in the round of 16. That is also how I see myself.

"It looks a lot like Bayern and that would be absolutely fine. The results are enough to make Bayern a favourite. I think Bayern will win that. They are the best of the remaining teams."

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