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Hansi Flick: ‘Werner didn’t have the positioning you need. We still have to train that a bit.’

Germany manager Hansi Flick was not satisfied with Timo Werner’s performance in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Romania on Friday.

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The 25-year-old, who has been Germany’s first-choice number nine since Flick took over, once again got the nod to start. Disappointingly, he failed to register any shot on target before being replaced by Thomas Muller in the second half.

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Werner still created two chances for his team, but could not continue his fine goalscoring form for the national team.

Flick insisted that the Chelsea star could have easily had more goalscoring opportunities if he had been more clever with his positioning.

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The manager said in his post-match press conference via Sport Buzzer: “Werner is quite capable of opening up spaces where it is tight and converting rebounds. But he didn’t have the positioning you need. He was often parallel with Serge Gnabry or Leroy Sané, who had the ball. We still have to train that a bit.

In Leipzig, he had 25 to 30 goal contributions every season. He is a striker who knows how to score goals. Timo plays in a top team at Chelsea. He gets the assignments with us, he gets the backing with us.”

However, Werner scored three goals in three games for Germany in September, though. Flick clearly fully trusts Werner and might actually be able to unleash his full potential in this role.

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