New Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac bemoaned German players' lack of flair and criticised youth development in Germany.
Kovac, who took over earlier this month after Jupp Heynckes retired at the end of last season, led Eintracht Frankfurt to a victory over Bayern in the DFB Pokal final in his last game at the club.
"In [German] youth development, more attention should be paid to the fact that football needs artists as well as craftsmen and workhorses," Kovac told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Philipp Lahm has urged Germany coach Joachim Low to revamp his leadership style if he hopes to lead the team to success once again.
Low will remain the coach even though Germany suffered their worst performance at a major tournament since Euro 2004 by exiting the World Cup after the group stage.
And Lahm, the team's former captain, wrote in a post on LinkedIn that Low's approach may be old-fashioned and no longer suitable amid a generation of players growing up in the academies.