Die Mannschaft reached the semi-finals of the World Cup with a solid defensive display in their 1-0 victory over France, and Matthaus has insisted that there is no problem with that formula as long as it gets the right result.
Matthaus told FIFA.com: "If you want to become world champion you have to win matches, and that means ugly victories too. In previous World Cups we have always had those kind of games.
"We have become spoiled over the last eight years with such a technically stylish team and you did not expect this from Germany.
"Now it is no longer as attractive and beautiful as it was in 2010 but it is more oriented towards having a stronger defence - there is a saying in Germany that the defence wins titles and the attackers get all the glory."
Germany face Brazil in their semi-final clash in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.