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13 Agustus 2008

Van Der Vaart Wants Real Improvement

With pre-season nearly over it's time for the real battles to begin in Spain, starting with the two legged Super Cup clash between league champions Real Madrid and Copa Del Rey winners Valencia. Van Der Vaart recognises though that following a lacklustre performance against Frankurt, Real are going to have to improve.

“There are still three training sessions before the Super Cup and in them we must improve on some aspects in which we failed today,” mused the Dutch midfielder.

With two games under his belt already the new signing from Hamburg said that he felt he was fitting into the team well, saying, “ I am very happy with my games for Madrid. Things are turning out well and already I feel very integrated in the team.”

Another player who took part in the game was defender Gabriel Heinze. Speaking to Marca following the match he said, “The game leaves us with good feelings but the result is not the best because Madrid always wants to win. But we must learn from the errors we have committed and against Valencia we must win and score more goals.”

Whilst coach Bernd Schuster was disappointed with mistakes at both ends of the pitch he said he could take some positives from the game. One of the biggest of those was that German defender Christopher Metzelder completed the second half successfully. Following an injury plagued season last year the Real Madrid player said he hopes for better this year.

“I hope to have a great season and to have more luck than last year,” he concluded.

James Walker-Roberts