Hamburg (AP) - On the urgent question of a replacement for long-term patient Leroy Sané Joachim Loew has just in time for the difficult start to the European Championship season an ideal answer: Timo Werner.
The amazing performance boost of the striker - impressively documented with his first three-pack for RB Leipzig against Mönchengladbach - is also perfect for the national coach.
"This is a good start for Timo Werner. And he also has a great appreciation for us, "said Löw before the German national football team's progress in the European Championship qualifier with the top battle against the Netherlands on Friday in Hamburg and three days later with surprise leaders Northern Ireland in Belfast.
When Löw receives his squad on September 2 in a luxury hotel on the Alster in Hamburg, he expects a suddenly confident striker. His place in the national team was still questioned at the double matchday in June. He was allowed to play Estonia for 25 minutes. Although that was enough for his only DFB goal of 2019 in the 8-0 draw against the underdogs, Bayern striker Serge Gnabry, Dortmund captain Marco Reus and Sané, now injured on the cruciate ligament, had beaten the 23-year-old from the highly acclaimed Turbo Tower repressed. In March, Löw had even completely renounced Werner at the important 3: 2 against Oranje in Amsterdam.
Now comes the striker with better thoughts and other claims to the national team. "That feels really good," he said. Werners miraculous change with five goals in the first three season games sees Löw also justified in the clarified contract situation. For Werners Psyche was the hiccup for a possible change to Bayern had not been good, the attackers need clear conditions, said Löw: "Therefore, I think that this uncertainty for Timo personally was not the best."
Werner himself sees this a little differently. "To push that would be too easy," he said, but also added: "That's one thing that has now been clarified in addition to the place." And the facts after the signing in Leipzig until 2023 are clear. Both at Leipzig 2: 1 against Frankfurt he was with his early goal of the match winner as well as now in 3: 1 in Gladbach. "My personal opinion is that I think it's good and right for Timo to renew the contract in Leipzig," said the coach.
Even before the Werner triple pack Löw had given after the cadre nomination an unusually deep insight into the emotional world of the attacker. "He defines himself as a striker very much about his scoring, which he has, although he has other good skills," said the coach. Whole two goals in eight international matches in the season after the 2018 World Cup for him must have sobered to Werner's ego. The career ladder should now be overcome. In 2017, he was considered the most acclaimed Confed Cup top scorer ever as a potential next German world star.
In any case, Löw's appreciation is not lacking. "I find such a player type as the Timo Werner also extremely important, that one has such a in the team, which goes straight to the gate. With every action he goes deep, which brings advantages for his own team and for the opponent restlessness and confusion, "said Löw.
A starting spot against Oranje, the first since the 2-2 draw against his big rival in the Nations League in November, when he promptly met for the early 1-0, now stands out for Werner. "We want to go to the European Championships and the way there is via Holland. If we can do that, it will be great games for me and the nation. We all look forward to that, »said the top scorer.
With two wins against Holland and Northern Ireland, the three times so far three successful DFB team would make a giant step towards the European Championship finals in 2020. "These are very important games for us. The fact that we won the opening race against Holland means that it will be crucial to continue this, "said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on the weekend. "This is a good opponent with great players. This is a duel at eye level. Of course, we want to win at home, "said Löw's captain.
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