Germany skipper Philipp Lahm has admitted that fatigue has played a role in Bayern Munich's stuttering start to the season but wants an end to the discussion.
"Tiredness from the World Cup must no longer be an excuse. The problems at Bayern are deeper. We are already playing under severe pressure due to the lack of success at the start of the season. We always need to win and this pressure can be tiring," Lahm told Bild.
The Bayern right-back went into greater detail as to what the tiredness entailed in an interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
"You feel a little bit empty but you are actually fully motivated. However, there is sometimes a lack of drive. It is difficult to do something about it but now is the time to move away from such talk."
Lahm has the chance to turn his attentions to the national team tonight as Germany take on Turkey in the Olympiastadion in Berlin.