Ex-Tottenham Hotspur star criticised in Germany by former international

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Rafael van der Vaart criticised in Germany.

Hamburg pulled off a shock result at the weekend in the Bundesliga, winning 1-0 away to Borussia Dortmund.

The match saw Lewis Holtby play a prominent role, with Rafael van der Vaart an unused substitute on the bench as he stepped up his recovery from injury.

After the match, the Dutchman was the subject of a perhaps unwarranted verbal attack from former Hamburg star Uli Stein.

Stein, capped six times by West Germany in the 70s, told German channel Sport1:

"He is not in a position to make sprints. He runs only at one pace. He runs around in a place where no one hurts him.

"He gets back to his own penalty area, where the ball is, then as long as the ball comes to him, then he plays his passes.

"What did he do season? He was a regular player, actually the hope of HSV and was running around with six kilos overweight."

Stein may secretly be hoping his words can galvanise Van der Vaart when he returns, as it did over the weekend.

Ahead of the clash with Dortmund he criticised striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who had not scored all season, describing him as 'not a good footballer'.

Lasogga responded by hitting the winner for Hamburg, but they still sit bottom of the table, and need to continue improving after the international break. 

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