Germany national coach Joachim Low is hoping to pick up three points in Moscow on Saturday when they take on Russia in a vital World Cup qualifier.
The Germans have a one-point lead over their opponents with two more matches to go in Group 4.
“We cannot afford to play for a draw. We have got to try to attack and get a goal. Russia will have their chances so we have got to try to win there,” Loew told ZDF.
“Without a doubt they have some great individuals. They are on the same level as us and we have seen that in recent years, particularly at the last European Championships. It is a very important game for us and it is also very important for the Russians, but we will be very well prepared.
“The fact that the match will be played at artificial turf is no excuse to put in a disappointing performance. We have trained at a similar pitch in Mainz to prepare for this match.”
Low made it clear that Germany would have to pay particular attention to Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin.
“Arshavin is a very important player for Russia,” he said. “The Russian coach gives him a free role, to play on the left, in the center or up front. … So it is vital our defensive line plays compactly and attacks him as early as possible. He is a very spontaneous player and is a key factor in Russia’s attack.
“We have to do everything to restrict his possession of the ball.”