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Heinze superb at heart of Real Madrid defence

Gaby Heinze was outstanding for Real Madrid in yesterday's 2-0 defeat of Recreativo Huelva.

The Argentina international was superb alongside Fabio Cannavaro at the heart of Real's rearguard and is threatening to establish himself as the Italian's ideal defensive partner ahead of injured pair Pepe and Christoph Metzelder.

After the match, former Manchester United left-back Heinze said: "It doesn't matter where I play, whether at fullback or centre-half. The important thing is to have the confidence of the coach."

After hearing of Barcelona's 3-0 defeat of Atletico Madrid, he added: "This win keeps up at the top. I don't believe the title will be decided just by Real Madrid and Barcelona. There's still a long way to go this season."

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