The crisis is German football deepened further over the weekend, with the national side relegated from Group A1 of the Nations League after being beaten by the Netherlands 2-0.
This followed on from a disappointing exit at the World Cup last summer, which saw Die Mannschaft exit the competition at the group stage.
There was a lot of finger pointing going on in the aftermath of their exit, with Mesut Ozil the primary scapegoat for the nation's ire.
One man who hasn't pointed the finger at the Arsenal midfielder is former Germany international Hans Peter Briegel, who, in an interview in Repubblica instead bizarrely blames former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola for the recent footballing malaise in the country:
It is his (Guardiola's) fault, he cheated us by saying it was sufficient to win by having 75% of possession.
It isn't the case, in football the result is far more important than controlling the play. To have the ball is not sufficient in order to win, France gave a clear indication of that by winning the World Cup.
You can even win by returning to a more traditional style of play, what is important is not the quality of the football but having equilibrium.
Briegel clearly cherry picking from Guardiola's overarching footballing philosophy here, as while one of the most decorated coaches of all time does favour a possession based game, his team's also have the uncanny knack of regularly scoring a shit tonne of goals, a habit that the national side failed to pick up from the Catalan.