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World CupFlick preparing for tough task ahead of 'classic' with England

Flick preparing for tough task ahead of ‘classic’ with England

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

England was 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 hosted the Three Lions in Munich for the subsequent Nations League encounter, with England winning the last meeting 2-0 at Euro 2020 last June.

Indeed, Germany has 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.

Speaking at a pre-match news conference on Monday, Flick 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, and 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. So we must go into the game with a good feeling.

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

“Harry Kane is a world-class striker, and England has many 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.

He said when asked who would start between Chelsea pair Kai Havertz and Werner:

“I’ll keep my thoughts to myself, but both can play in the position.

“Timo is underestimated a bit, and 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 whole house in Munich.

“So I hope the team will be supported. I hope we play well and have the crowd’s support,” he continued.

“For me, the national team’s performances and training here are decisive. Bayern has 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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