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Hansi Flick on Joshua Zirkzee replacing Robert Lewandowski: “He can hold the ball up well and has the physicality.”

Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has revealed his reasoning behind opting for 18-year-old forward Joshua Zirkzee to replace the injured Robert Lewandowski.

“Things worked well in the Chelsea game, so I wanted to change things as little as possible,” said Flick. “Joshua’s trained well and he’s showed in training that he’s got good quality and is a good finisher. He can hold the ball up well and has the physicality to do so, which is important when things are tight up top. So that was our thinking.”

The Dutchman played 90 minutes against Hoffenheim on Saturday, scoring one goal.

 

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