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Hansi Flick won’t accept idea that Germany lacks a “classic center forward”

Germany’ manager is not worried about labels.

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For Germany fans bemoaning the fact that the squad does not have a striker that looks like and plays like Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

Lewandowski, though, has only a handful of players on Earth who can even talk about being in his stratosphere. Die Mannschaft currently features Chelsea FC forward Timo Werner as its primary striker, a selection that leaves many Germany fans divided.

For manager Hansi Flick, however, the term “classic center forward” does not hold much weight.

“What is a classic center forward? Timo is definitely capable of finding space in tight areas and he’s someone that is there to score rebounds or loose balls. He’s got an eye for that,” Flick told the DFB website. “He, perhaps, isn’t always in the places you need him to be. He was too close to goal at certain points – he can do better and we expect him to. We will need to work on this in training.”

While acknowledging that Werner needs to make some adjustments into his game, the manager has long been a fan of the RB Leipzig player. With some guidance, hopefully Flick can extract the tantalizing potential that Werner offers when he is on top of his game.