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Sneijder rues inept performance

Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder concedes he did not contribute enough in his side’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.

The Netherlands international featured from the start at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, but was taken off at half-time after failing to make an impact in his side’s 3-0 reverse.

“Of course I am disappointed. I wanted to finish this game, especially here at the Santiago Bernabeu where I played in the past. I was unable to do that and that’s disappointing,” the Dutchman told NOS.

“I am in good physical condition and I’m feeling good. I did have a few minor physical problems, though, because I had to do a lot of running. But that’s not an excuse, because it’s clear that I should have offered more.

“Normally, I receive the ball between the lines when I am available for one or two seconds, but not this time. When that doesn’t happen, you’re pretty much invisible. It might have looked pretty bad, but it wasn’t that poor.”

Galatasaray will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Real in next week’s second leg of the quarter-final tie.

Thu 4 April, 2013
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