With 10 goals to his name in the Bundesliga this season, RB Leipzig’s flying forward Timo Werner is understandably confident. Bayern Munich’s Sandro Wagner recently described himself as the best German striker, but for Werner, he is at the front of the queue, ahead of even his former idol, Mario Gomez.
“Back when I was 11 or 12, Mario Gomez was winning the title with Stuttgart,” Werner reminisced in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com. “Ten years later he’s sitting next to me in the changing room, giving me a high five and wishing me luck running out for Germany instead of him!”
Germany used four main strikers in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer with a perfect 10 wins from 10 – Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Lars Stindl began three of those, with the Foals captain, Werner, Gomez and Wagner sharing 10 between them.
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“I don’t want to sound presumptuous, but we’d definitely like to challenge for the title over the next few years,” he said. “Obviously, the pressure’s intense. We achieved a lot last season. Not just the players, everyone at the club, and that’s what you’re measured by. But for all the pressure, from outside and from within, you need to be able to stay relaxed about the whole situation. I’m managing that pretty well at the moment.”