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Germany Watch: Serge Gnabry and Hansi Flick support Timo Werner

Germany is rallying around embattled forward Timo Werner.

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If you asked Chelsea FC forward Timo Werner privately if he would take a mulligan on his move to England, he might give you a silent nod in agreement.

After backing out of a deal with Bayern Munich, Werner eventually moved to London where he has become cannon fodder for the internet. Ridiculed on social media and questioned by pundits, Werner would be best served staying off his Twitter account for a while (maybe few years?).

Regardless, Werner’s manager and Germany teammates are backing him to re-find his form.

“We know there are periods when a striker doesn’t always score. Then there’s criticism, but we stand behind Timo. He did a good job in the last game, he missed a little bit of luck. But he’s giving everything, and that’s the most important thing,” Gnabry said at a press conference (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “Timo is not Lewandowski and not a classical striker. But he also has his qualities, he’s quick and can also score goals.”

Hansi Flick, who has already publicly backed Werner, is not letting the online noise affect his decison-making.

“There’s freedom of speech. But what I can say is that Timo fulfills the tasks that he has very well. He’s always creating space,” Flick said (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “He was a bit unlucky in the finishing. But we’re talking about a striker who has great qualities.”