Mesut Ozil has reflected on his development at Real Madrid and how he is ‘stronger physically’, even if he still sees room for improvement.
The 24-year-old is into his third season at Madrid and believes that he is a better player for it.
“I have become stronger physically at Real Madrid and my performance is more consistent,” commented Ozil, in an interview with the German Football Association’s official website.
“I continue to have fun on the playing field and to enjoy football. Of course I have matured as a football player and I'm more experienced.
“I realise that there are still aspects of my playing to improve. Above all in terms of goal statistics.
“My numbers could be better. I could take more shots at goal even though I'm a playmaker and my job is to set up goals rather than score them.
“That's what I will focus on. But that doesn't mean I won't try to score more.”
Ozil was asked of his performance at the weekend in helping Madrid to defeat Mallorca 5-2.
“I didn't decide the match alone. We improved as a team and then we scored the goals. We have to continue.
“Although Barcelona has a good lead, we want to win all the matches. That has to be Real Madrid's objective.”
The German international is a third generation Turkish-German and admits that the Champions League draw against Galatasaray will be special.
“I wouldn't describe myself as a supporter of any Turkish teams but I remember the big derbies there together with my friends.
“I'm very excited that we're going to Istanbul. I have friends and some of my family live there. The matches in Turkey are always special for me.
“But, of course, our objective is to go through to the next round, although afterwards many people feel disappointed in Turkey.”
Ozil also remembered back to his first days at Madrid and on how he felt making his debut.
“I remember that I was very excited. That's not very common for me. But my first appearance with Real Madrid was something special.
“I remember that I sat on the bench next to Sami [Khedira] and after an hour my opportunity came. It ended as a goalless draw but for me it was a small victory having made my debut in La Liga with Real Madrid.
“I'm now in my third campaign. It's incredible how fast everything goes. So much has happened in a short time. I've matured in Spain.
“I've had the privilege of getting to know Spanish culture and the city of Madrid as well as another language.
“At first it was a little difficult because I lived alone. Now I live with my family and that makes everything easier. The team has helped me with everything and, of course, Sami Khedira.”