Germany need to play more defensively and aim for a clean sheet every match, the national team's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has said.
"It's a fact that we have to concentrate more on defence," the Bayern Munich No1 was quoted as saying by kicker, amid the continued fall-out from their 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Sweden.
Joachim Low's team were 4-0 up with less than half an hour to play but threw away the lead for the game to finish 4-4, marking the first time in the 104-year history of the German Football Federation that a four-goal lead had been lost. It was also the first time in three years that Germany had dropped points in a qualifying match.
I'd like this idea of playing for a clean sheet to be our priority before every match.
Neuer said: "We've got great qualities in attack, we're always in a position to score at least one goal. But as a 'keeper, I'd like this idea of playing for a clean sheet to be our priority before every match."
Low has been under pressure since Germany were beaten 2-1 by Italy in the semi-final of UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine in June, with criticisms of his selections and tactics.
The coach accepted in an interview with television channel ZDF, broadcast on Sunday, that the team was "slightly unbalanced", acknowledging that improvements were required at the back.