Bayern boss Flick praises Hernandez despite 'tactical deficits'
According to boss Hansi Flick, Lucas Hernandez still has to deal with the tactical requirements of FC Bayern Munich after standing on the sidelines.
French world champion Hernandez, who won the World Cup, was an € 80 million acquisition from Atletico Madrid last year, but struggled during his debut campaign in Bavaria.
The 24-year-old suffered a ligament damage to his ankle at the end of October and had to pause for more than three months.
During that time, Niko Kovac was sacked as head coach and Bayern were resuscitated under Flick, who will complete an impressive revival and lead the club to the eighth Bundesliga title in a row if they win against Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
Alphonso Davies has seen a rapid rise to establish himself as the left-backer's first choice, while David Alaba has perfectly entered the center-back, meaning that Hernandez's versatility has no immediate benefit in addressing his situation.
Flick gave Hernandez a start to the weekend win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, but Hernandez was replaced on the hour after he was half-time at Paderborn 5-0
Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City are among the clubs associated with his services, and Flick admits that the player has a lot to do after a long break on the sidelines.
"Lucas is an absolute professional, I like his dynamic training," he said at a press conference on Monday.
"He was absent for a long time and therefore has tactical deficits.
"I'm happy with him, every player needs a rhythm. I see his potential."
Strikers Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski will return from suspension after a suspension against Werder, while Niklas Sule will resume training with Philippe Coutinho (ankle) later this week after a long-term knee ligament injury.
"There will be two changes everyone can think of." Flick said, referring to Lewandowski's and Muller's involvement, even though Javi Martinez is down with a stomach problem.
Weekend goal scorer Joshua Zirkzee and winger Ivan Perisic knock.
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