Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric has admitted to being below-par during the opening weeks of the season.
The Croatia international has scored one goal in six appearances this season but is unhappy with his form in Spurs' first ever campaign in the Champions League.
"For me, I'm a little out of rhythm," he told the club's official website.
"I've had a couple of injuries this season and I'm not yet back into my rhythm but in a couple of games I'll settle down and play better.
"I just need to be fitter. It's been hard for me because I've had a couple of injures but in a couple of matches I'll be back into full shape."
Meanwhile, Modric has welcomed the arrival of Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane.
The Netherlands international has taken the plaudits after bagging four goals in his six appearances since joining from Real Madrid in August.
"Rafa is an exceptional player and he's showed that since he came to the club," continued Modric.
"He's a great signing. He's played at great clubs, Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and I think he can give more quality to the team."
"It's not hard to play well with that kind of player and I'm happy he's here with us."