Bundesliga 'less creative': Germany coach Loew
Berlin: Germany chief coach Joachim Loew is demanding greater efforts from the country's first division football clubs to stimulate their attacking play.
The Bundesliga has a creativity problem, said the 2014 World Cup winning coach ahead of Germany's two friendlies against Spain and Brazil, reports Xinhua news agency.
"In the last months and years, we have talked a lot about what happens when the opponent is in possession," the 56-year-old commented.
Loew said one of the Bundesliga's main problem is "wanting to work against the ball in the first place. But the crucial question is, 'What happens when my team has the ball?'"
Far too many league teams instead rely on a pragmatic defensive style rather than thinking about solutions up front.
With Bayern Munich in the Champions League and RB Leipzig in the Europa League, only two German club teams have reached the quarter-finals in European competition this season.
Only talking about "a four or five-man back line" is not enough Loew said. German football needs to implement more creativity to secure its position in world football.
Loew expressed his concern about the Bundesliga losing ground to other European leagues. Clubs have to modernise their tactical approach.
The national coach said the central questions needs to be "how to use space, how to plan your game.