Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller says winning is more important than playing well, following die Roten's 1-0 win over Wolfsburg last weekend.
The 24-year-old scored the only goal of the game in what was a far from a classic display by last season's treble-winners.
But the Germany international insists that points take priority over style as the Bavarians continue to adjust under new coach Pep Guardiola.
"Victory comes first, because winning is the most important thing in football," he said.
"While it would be lovely to play well every week that is simply not going to happen. We cannot always shine and play to our very best, but as long as we win it doesn't matter.
"We are footballers, not artists."
Guardiola's side lie second in the Bundesliga table and trail Borussia Dortmund on goal difference, having won six and drawn one of their seven games so far.
They face Manchester City at the Etihad in the Champions League on Wednesday.