Joachim Low doesn’t plan to overuse the “very dangerous” Serge Gnabry despite the winger’s starring role in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Argentina.
Just over a week after firing in four goals during Bayern Munich’s incredible 7-2 win over Tottenham, Gnabry impressed yet again as Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina in Wednesday night’s friendly.
The former Arsenal man proved uncontrollable at times, with his neat array of tricks providing the Argentina defence problems.
After putting Germany ahead with his 10th goal in just 11 international games, Gnabry turned provider for Kai Havertz’s effort. It put the hosts into a commanding two-goal lead at Signal-Iduna-Park.
With Gnabry beginning to fade a little during the second half, however, Low decided to substitute him for Schalke’s Suat Serdar shortly after Lucas Alario’s effort put Argentina back into the game.
Lucas Ocampos then grabbed an 85th-minute equaliser to complete an impressive comeback for the visitors.
“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.”
The Germany boss, meanwhile, praised Gnabry’s Bayern team-mate Joshua Kimmich after captaining the national team.
“Jo [Kimmich] has been with us a long time,” said Low on the 24-year-old.
“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.
“Jo is also always omnipresent on the pitch. So it was clear to me that Jo [Kimmich] was captain today.”
Germany will next take a trip to Estonia on Sunday for a Euro 2020 qualifier in Group C.