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Karim Ziani has taken the time to praise new Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren.

Expectations were high in Wolfsburg when they signed Algerian international Karim Ziani from Olympique Marseille in the summer of 2009, but the highly rated midfielder failed to make an impact in his first season. Ziani is slowly finding his feet at the Wolfe though and is quite pleased with the arrival of new coach Steve McClaren.

"Steve McClaren is a fantastic trainer and he gives everyone the chance to present themselves. He expected effort and discipline from me and that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to display," Ziani told the club's official website.

"There’s quite a bit that has changed from my side too. When I came here last year, I had never been out of France before. Now I’ve settled in and I’ve gotten to know my colleagues much better. That makes things easier for me and now that I am also playing, things are even better.

"The competition in the league is tough, maybe even tougher than last season, but we have a lot of potential. I am convinced that once we’ve worked out the finer details, we can achieve a lot with this team. Our target for the season is a European qualifying place and I firmly believe we can achieve that."

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