Sami Khedira maintains there is 'still room for improvement at Real Madrid' - A Different League


Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira believes José Mourinho's side still has room for improvement but says the team is now 'more finely tuned' than last season and 'still as hungry'.

Speaking to German website Spox the German international said: "Regardless of whether it is Mourinho's second year [at the club] every team is better in their second season together. When a new Coach arrives, with a new system of play, what is needed above all is time. Now we are much more finely tuned but still as hungry. Besides, we are more than a team and that helps us enormously. We want to win more trophies than last season."

The summer arrival of Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund and his subsequent return after injury delayed his debut has increased competition for places at the Santiago Bernabéu. However, Khedira insists he is not worried about having to fight for a place in Mourinho's starting line-up: "At Real Madrid there is always great competition to play," he says. "That applies to every position and is normal at a club like this. In the defensive midfield position there are four or five world class players. That's how it was last season and nothing will change in the future. The only thing you can do is to give everything in every game, and I think that is something that up to now I have done well."

He continued: "The Coach does not speak to us too much about the competition for places. We all know that in the end we have to use our talents to the maximum. The Press can write what it wants. If I play 90 minutes every week I can't have done so badly."

On his battle with Sahin for a central midfield berth the 24-year-old former Stuttgart player maintains it does not affect his relationship with the Turk, saying: "He does not ask me for any specific advice but, of course, we speak a lot among ourselves. It's all new for him: the environment at the club, the culture. We compete for a place but our relationship is good," he added.

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30 Nov, 2011

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