Germany were unstoppable in attack, but Schweinsteiger has insisted that a big part of the performance was how the defence coped with Ireland's aerial threat.
"We put in a very focused performance," Goal.com quotes Schweinsteiger as saying. "I think everyone did a fine job.
"For the defence, it wasn't easy to deal with the long balls. We are well on our way."
Schweinsteiger captained Germany as Phillip Lahm was suspended.