“I can’t change anything” to these criticisms, “Freedom of opinion exists”, Hansi Flick said in a press conference on the eve of Germany’s 2022 World Cup qualifying match in North Macedonia on Sunday,“But I can only say that Timo Werner fulfilled the tasks assigned to him very well”.
Werner scored three goals for Germany in September, in easy wins over Liechtenstein (2-0), Armenia (6-0) and Iceland (4-0), but missed several chances on Friday. against Romania, while Germany was led. The Mannschaft finally won 2-1 in the 81st minute thanks to Thomas Müller, who came into play in place of Werner.
Also present in front of the press, Serge Gnabry also flew to the aid of the Chelsea striker: “We know the situation. When an attacker doesn’t always score, criticism comes. But we are behind Timo. He worked well in the last game, he missed a hint of luck. He gives his all, that’s the most important. “
“We are talking about Werner, a striker who has enormous qualities”
“Timo is not Lewandowski and is not a classic center forward”, continued the Bayern player, “But he has his qualities, he is fast and he knows how to score goals”. “He creates a lot of space, he has a bit of bad luck when it comes time to shoot on goal”, completed Hansi Flick, “But we are talking about Werner, a striker who has enormous qualities”.
Asked about the suspicion of a dive against his striker, who had obtained a penalty against Romania withdrawn after video refereeing, Flick found them “Unfair”: “It only takes a light touch to lose your balance. And the referees debated for five minutes before making their decision. We, the team, are there to support each other, that’s our mindset. “
Flick also called on the German press for more solidarity: “It would be nice if we just supported our national team, I would like that to change. “