Löw and Reus didn't want to take any risks
Marco Reus started on the bench for Sunday's game against the Netherlands as neither he nor Germany coach Joachim Löw wanted to take any risks.
Marco Reus wasn't in the line-up for Sunday's European Championship qualifier against the Netherlands - and there was a good reason for that.
|Marco Reus.||Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0|
The BVB captain had some problems with his thigh, and it was thus decided that he would start on the bench and come on eventually.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old was subbed on with just a few minutes to go and subsequently set up Nico Schulz's 3-2 winner.
"I've had thigh problems since Wednesday or Thursday. We did everything we could to ensure that I could play 90 minutes. But we decided that I should come on from the bench. I wasn't supposed to come on that late actually, but it was still enough," Reus told Sky after the game.
Germany coach Joachim Löw said he didn't think about how the Borussia Dortmund bosses would feel about his decision to sub Reus on despite the offensive midfielder's thigh problems.
"The people in charge at Borussia Dortmund don't interest me at the moment. I think it made sense not to let Marco play from the start. To do that, I'd have to believe that he would be able to play 90 minutes. When the muscle gets tired, something can happen, and I didn't want to take that risk for myself. The risk that something would happen after he came on wasn't that big," Löw said.