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Daily Schmankerl: Flick congratulates Chelsea on Werner, DFL fines BVB’s Sancho & Akanji, Real looking for new Kroos at Gladbach and Schalke

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Head coach Hansi Flick praised Chelsea for making a very good signing in Timo Werner, the player he had hoped Bayern would buy.

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Hansi Flick congratulates Chelsea on Timo Werner signing (Sport Bild)

It was no secret that Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick wanted the club to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner. The Bavarians, however, ultimately ruled against Werner and have redoubled their pursuit of Manchester City’s Leroy Sané.

Flick was asked about Werner’s decision to transfer to Chelsea at yesterday’s press conference. He said, “That’s a decision that Timo has made. And you have to respect it, too. That’s fine.”

Presuming that the transfer goes through, Flick shared his approval of Chelsea’s decision to sign the prolific scorer. He said, “Timo is a very good player, and a player who scores goals. Chelsea has made a very good signing with him — if that is the case.”

DFL sheers Sancho and Hakimi for barbershop sextet (DFL)

BVB stars Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji were both fined €10,000 for violating the league’s hygiene and safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after the restart of the Bundesliga.

The DFL said the offense “is observable in pictures that were published in classical and social media.”

Sancho initially tweeted “Absolute Joke DFL!” in response to the punishment only to delete the tweet about an hour and a half later. According to SPORT1, BVB offered to bring the barber in question to the club’s training grounds, but Sancho and Akanji invited him to their home instead.

Preußen Münster appeals result of 3-2 loss to Bayern II (DFB)

Shortly after Bayern II beat Preußen Münster 3-2 on a last-minute goal by Otschi Wriedt, the vanquished club filed an appeal contesting the validity of the result. The DFB issued the following release:

Preußen Münster has filed an appeal against the valuation of the 3.Liga match against FC Bayern München II in timely fashion. Munich won the match 3-2 on Wednesday (June 3, 2020).

Münster justifies its appeal on the grounds that the holding the game violated the principles of Fair Play and equal competition.

The DFB sports tribunal will now obtain statements from the parties and decide whether to allow the case to proceed.

Münster opposed the resumption of play after the 3.Liga was suspended on account of the coronavirus pandemic (AZ). They are currently 18th in the 3.Liga, in a relegation spot.

SC Freiburg stuns Borussia Mönchengladbach, Eberl sees red (kicker, kicker)

Here is an incredibly statistic for you: thanks to Nils Petersen’s game-winning goal against Mönchengladbach, Freiburg has not been beaten by the Foals at home since 2002 (10 wins, 2 draws)!

Petersen’s goal was remarkable of itself: it is the 24th goal he has scored as a joker, and he did so with his first touch after standing just a minute on the pitch. Petersen explained the goal after the game:

“We had planned it that way,” he told DAZN. “We position a few players offside in the hope that the offside line moves.” That was what happened, leaving Petersen standing onside as he headed the ball into the net.

“I couldn’t really celebrate properly at first, because I thought it was maybe offside. I didn’t know whether someone behind me had canceled out the offsides,” he said. Freiburg coach Christian Streich praised Petersen afterward, “Nils is such a team player. A leader, an example.”

Petersen’s goal was not the only excitement of the game: Gladbach’s top-scorer Alassane Plea was sent off with a yellow-red, and sporting director Max Eberl became the first club official to be ejected with a straight red card after the introduction of cards for coaches and officials this season.

Eberl refused to calm down after arguing with the fourth official over Plea’s second yellow card (68’). The linesman notified the head referee, who then sent Eberl off with a historical straight red. Servus!

Uncle Flo looking for the “new Kroos” at Gladbach and Schalke (Don Balon)

Toni may still be a starter at Real Madrid, but his time in white is coming to an end perhaps sooner rather than later. Enter the Don. Florentino Perez has already launched a search for a successor, and obviously who better to replace Toni Kroos in this fairy tale world than another German? Don Balon writes:

The first of all, the favorite, is Florian Neuhaus, a Borussia Mönchengladbach player, only 23 years old. He was signed from 1860 Munich on a free in 2017 and, after completing a loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf, has established himself a starter.

But, if you go by [goal] numbers, then Suat Serdar is the one who takes the lead in the race. Of the same age, born in 1997, he has contributed no more and no less than seven goals. And that his club, Schalke 04, is in nowhere land zone, in the middle of the table. The former Mainz 05 player has also already debuted for ‘Die Mannschaft’, with whom he has played three matches.

“Don’t forget them,” concludes the Don. Watch Schalke sell Serdar, and then he really does go on to become the next Toni Kroos for Real.

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