Former German international Hans-Peter Briegel says changes effected by Pep Guardiola on German football is the reason for their struggles.
The Spaniard spent three years at Bayern Munich between 2013-2016 where he established his passing style on the German champions.
Pep’s Bayern team dominated opponents with their possession-based football, helping them win three league titles in the process.
His style also rubbed off on the national team as Bayern players dominated the 2014 World Cup German winning team
The 2014 World champions have had 2018 to forget, getting knocked out of the group stage at the World Cup in Russia and finishing bottom of their Nations League group.
Speaking to Italian publication Repubblica, the former defender lamented the present mentality dominating German football.
“A very simple principle has escaped our mind: that in football the result is more important than the control of the game.
“Since Guardiola arrived at Bayern Munich, something has changed. We had the illusion that 75% of possession was needed to win. But having control of the ball is not enough to get a result, not always at least.
“Recent history, and also with the World champions France, has shown that you can also win by leaving the ball to the opponents and having less than 50% of possession.”