Bundesliga news

Van der Vaart wants more goals

March 28, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is hoping to continue his goalscoring streak when the club take on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Rafael van der Vaart, Son Heung-Min
AssociatedRafael van der Vaart joined Hamburg last summer from Tottenham

Van der Vaart, 30, has returned to the side off the back of an international break that saw him score twice for Netherlands - against Estonia on Friday and Romania on Tuesday.

And the former Tottenham man is now desperate to find the back of the net for the third successive match.

"Those two international games weren't too bad. It was great fun. The goals were important for my confidence," he told Hamburger Morgenpost.

"Now I want to score a goal against Munich. I like to think it will work out. I have scored against Bayern in the past."

Van der Vaart, however, concedes that Hamburg will need to be at their best if they are to have any chance of securing a result against Bayern.

"To come out as the winners we need Bayern to have a bad day. It is important we are not afraid and are as courageous as against [Borussia] Dortmund. Then we might even have a chance."

Coach Torsten Fink added: "We want to surprise people and return home with the points."

Hamburg currently sit eighth in the Bundesliga table, but only trail fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt by a single point.