The Catalan giants were subjected to an 8-2 thrashing by the relentless Bundesliga champions last Friday during an historic Champions League quarter final in Lisbon.
A record defeat has sent shockwaves through the club and has already resulted in the departures of head coach Quique Setien, as well as sporting director Eric Abidal.
Barcelona are reported to have put the majority of their squad up for sale, while doubts persist over Lionel Messi’s future at the club with the 33-year-old said to be giving serious consideration to quitting, despite the appointment of club legend Ronald Koeman as Setien’s successor.
Real Madrid’s European campaign was ended by Manchester City prior to the mini-tournament in Lisbon which finishes this weekend, but that did not prevent Kroos and his team-mates reveling in the demise of their great rivals.
‘You could not show everything (in public),’ Kroos said of the messages that were exchanged. ‘But one can imagine that we were not too sad. There was some Schadenfreude.’
Despite winning the league title following an impressive end to their domestic campaign, Kroos is still upset at the nature of their defeat against City but believes his former club Bayern are now well placed to win their first Champions League title since 2013.
‘Yes absolutely,’ he said when asked if had fully digested the 4-2 aggregate defeat againt City. ‘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 favorite. I think Bayern will win that. They are the best of the remaining teams.’