Germany coach Joachim Low was full of praise for Serge Gnabry and said that he did not want to risk burning out the dangerous winger.
“We didn’t want Serge Gnabry playing for 90 minutes,” Low told reporters.
“He has also played a lot of games lately. He went very fast and covered a lot of ground.
“Serge showed up almost everywhere, was always very dangerous and made the Argentine defence insecure in the first half. That’s why it was clear from the outset that we would take him off the pitch after 70 minutes.
“We definitely need him in the next games, and the risk was too big for me that he could still injure himself there.”
Low was also full of praise for Germany’s new captain Kimmich!
“Jo [Kimmich] has been with us a long time,” said Low. “He fits in with his personality. He’s a role model when it comes to deployment. He is a role model in his whole attitude.
“Meanwhile he also has some experience. He can also verbally lead a team on the pitch. He is very good at organisation and gives instructions.
“He is also always omnipresent on the pitch. So it was clear to me that Jo [Kimmich] was captain today.”
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