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Germany coach Flick preparing for tough task ahead of ´classic´ with England

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 6 Jun 2022

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Germany coach Hansi Flick warned his side of the qualities England possess as he prepares for a “classic” in the Nations League on Tuesday.

England were far from their best as they fell to a 1-0 defeat on Saturday to Hungary in their League A Group 3 opener, while Germany shared the spoils with Italy.

Die Mannschaft host the Three Lions in Munich for the next Nations League encounter, with England winning the last meeting 2-0 at Euro 2020 last June.

Indeed, Germany have failed to score in their last two matches against England (0-0 in November 2017, 0-2 in June 2021), as many as in their previous 16 games combined.

Flick, speaking at a pre-match news conference on Monday, outlined his expectations for the difficulties Gareth Southgate’s visitors will pose as he hailed the threat of captain and talisman Harry Kane.

“It’s a classic, the games are always something special. Everything else is in the past. We’re looking ahead and trying to get a better result tomorrow,” the former Bayern Munich boss said.

“We showed the team what we could have done better against Italy. It’s important that we go into the game with a good feeling.

“Against England it’s extremely important that we keep up. The football in the Premier League is very physical.

“Harry Kane is a world-class striker and England have a lot of outstanding players in their ranks.”

While Flick was quick to credit Tottenham star Kane, who has scored in both of his England appearances against Germany, he also heaped praise on the undervalued Timo Werner.

“I’ll keep my thoughts to myself, but both can play in the position,” he said when asked who would start between Chelsea pair Kai Havertz and Werner. 

“Timo is underestimated a bit, with also what he does for the team. He creates space in front of the defence. Both are an option for us up top.”

As for his return to the Allianz Arena, Flick is looking forward to revisiting his old Bayern stadium and credited the work of his successor Julian Nagelsmann, who guided the Bavarian side to the Bundesliga title.

“It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a full house in Munich, so I hope the team will be supported. I hope we play well and have the support of the crowd,” he continued.

“For me, the performances with the national team and in training here are decisive. Bayern have played an outstanding season.

“The championship title is the most honest title you can win, so compliments again to Julian Nagelsmann. It’s important that the players now perform well here.”

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