National team: Flick gives German strikers hope

from: Christian Falk, Tobias Altschäffl, Heiko Niedderer, Yvonne Gabriel and Dennis Brosda

Final sprint in preparation for the World Cup! In Friday’s Nations League games against Hungary in Leipzig and Monday in England, everyone in the selection can once again draw attention to themselves. National coach Hansi Flick (57) also emphasizes: The door is not closed to anyone – and he announces a surprising striker!

Classic strikers such as Niclas Füllkrug (29/Bremen), Nils Petersen (Freiburg/33) and Schalke’s penalty area striker Simon Terodde (34) can certainly hope for a nomination for the tournament.

Flick: “Because we still have three options, it is a fact that we in the coaching team also think: what quality and qualities do you need that someone brings in certain situations – so a kind of ‘if-then strategy'”. We may bring a player for that special moment.”

And further: “I can’t answer yes or no to the question. It’s a process in the coaching team. That’s why we want to wait the two games and see what these 23 players have to offer us. And then we have six or seven weeks “I also told the players that I expect everyone to develop. We are not quite there yet to be able to play at the highest level, that is in the final stages of a World Cup – in the knockout matches. That is why every individual still work on themselves, which also helps us as a team.”

Flick currently only has Lukas Nmecha (23/Wolfsburg) on ​​board as centre-forward, but he hasn’t quite convinced the DFB yet.

Flick gives other German strikers hope. Leipzig star Timo Werner (26), who is under Flick, doesn’t mind either: “We need every good player we can have. Of course we are a little more flexible with the strikers when I play up front or someone else, because we have a rotation in the game and switch positions every now and then.”

Werner emphasizes: “If you have a fixed point up front who can also play with high balls and we have one in Germany – why not. This gives our game several options. But I still believe that we can and will work very well with the players we have up front right now.”

Bierhoff verraet That’s why the team has “anger in their stomach”

What: AP


It will take a while before the 26-strong selection will be nominated in mid-November.

In 2006 there was already a surprise in the selection – then with David Odonkor (38). The then Dortmunder was allowed to participate in the World Cup at home as a complete surprise, because he had a special weapon with his speed. Now there must be room again for a ‘specialist’: a joker who can surprise the opponent with a special ability. One like Füllkrug, Petersen or Terodde…

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