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Germany coach Hansi Flick warned his side about 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 to Hungary on Saturday in their League A Group 3 opener, while Germany shared the prey with Italy.
Die Mannschaft will host the Three Lions in Munich for the next Nations League meeting, where England won the last meeting 2-0 at the European Championships 2020 in June last year.
In fact, 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 matches combined.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Monday, Flick outlined his expectations for the difficulties Gareth Southgate’s visitors will face as he paid tribute to the threat from captain and talisman Harry Kane.
“It’s a classic, the games are always something special. Everything else is in the past. We are looking ahead and trying to get a better result tomorrow, “said the former Bayern Munich boss.
“We showed the team what we could have done better against Italy. It is important that we enter the match with a good feeling.
“Against England, it is extremely important that we follow. Football in the Premier League is very physical.
“Harry Kane is a world-class striker and England have many excellent players in their ranks.”
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While Flick was quick to credit Tottenham star Kane, who has scored in both of his England matches against Germany, he also garnered praise for the underrated Timo Werner.
“I want to keep my thoughts to myself, but both can play in the position,” he said when asked who should start between Chelsea pairing Kai Havertz and Werner.
“Timo is underestimated a bit, also with what he does for the team. He creates space in front of the defense. Both are an opportunity for us at the top. “
As for his return to the Allianz Arena, Flick looks forward to revisiting his old Bayern stadium and crediting the work of his successor Julian Nagelsmann, who guided the Bavarian team to the Bundesliga title.
“It’s been a long time since I had a full house in Munich, so I hope the team will be supported. I hope we play well and get support from the audience, “he continued.
“For me, the performance with the national team and in the training here is crucial. Bayern have played an excellent season.
“The championship title is the most honest title you can win, so compliment again on Julian Nagelsmann. It is important that the players now perform well here. ”