Makoto Hasebe is confident his on-field partnership with Hiroshi Kiyotake can make FC Nurnberg a better side.

The 29-year old Japan international has made two appearances for Der Club since arriving from VfL Wolfsburg earlier this month and suggests he is already forming a key understanding with fellow countryman Kiyotake.

"Myself and Kiyo communicate well and that was a factor in some of our interplay today," he said in the wake of last weekend's 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

"But I think there's room for us to improve further."

The Blue Samurai duo will again get to test their newfound pairing when 15th-placed Nurnberg travel to ninth-placed Werder Bremen this weekend.

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