Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is worried by the Germany national team’s lack of striker and full-back options and called on Bundesliga clubs to produce more talents to fill the gaps.
“We have to create strikers and full-backs in the Bundesliga. We have to tackle things in all of German football,” he told reporters.
“For example, I don’t see a real central striker on the German market at the moment. We have Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner, but they are anything but central strikers that we usually know.
“We Bundesliga clubs are there to train players who will then play in the national team. We have to make sure that we create strikers and full-backs, that’s our job. That was already a big topic when I was sports director.”
Flick also jumped to the defence of his former boss, who has faced criticism following the 3-3 draw against Switzerland.
“I think the criticism is very exaggerated. Jogi has done a sensational job as a national coach,” he said.
“When things don’t go that well, many come out who haven’t had a ball at their feet for 25 or 30 years.
“This type of criticism may be well received in the media, but it doesn’t help us. We have to remain objective and work together on the future of German football.”