‘Bayern played like they were on sleeping pills’

Franz Beckenbauer admits he was “angry” at the way in which the German champions performed in their shock defeat to Porto and has urged them to improve

'Bayern played like they were on sleeping pills'

Bayern Munich played against Porto as though they had taken sleeping pills, according to former Germany star Franz Beckenbauer.

The Bundesliga champions found themselves two goals down inside 10 minutes at the Estadio do Dragao in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, and a further defensive lapse saw them eventually lose 3-1.

The club’s honorary president admits he was left feeling “angry” after watching their performance and says their fate in this year’s tournament is sealed unless every player steps up his game in the second leg.

“It was one of those days, all the players didn’t show their real performance,” he told reporters at an event to mark the club’s new media agreement with MSN.

“Sometimes you say ‘the left-back plays bad’ or ‘the goalkeeper made a mistake’. But in this game all the players… nada!

“After 10 minutes you are 2-0 down in the quarter-final in the Champions League, so many mistakes. I never saw this before. I thought they took sleeping pills! Porto were much faster, real power. It made me angry.

“If they played like that again, no chance [they can go through]. But they can win 2-0 or go to extra-time. They have a chance. Last year we had the same problem, playing excellent in the Bundesliga and then we had two bad days and were out of the competition.”

Beckenbauer also believes Bayern could struggle in the latter stages of European competition if they are not given a stern enough test throughout the season in the Bundesliga.

“[Bayern’s dominance] is maybe a little problem in the Bundesliga when Bayern leads the league by 20 to 25 points, but this year it’s different – we are only 10 points ahead of Wolfsburg!” he said.

“And after the disaster of a few days ago, and with six or seven games left, it’s not over yet.

“The dominance of Bayern Munich is not a problem but… if you want to win the Champions League you need a strong league with a lot of players. Internationally, Bayern Munich belongs to the top teams but to win the Champions League… you saw the game probably two days ago, we are far, far away. With this performance, you don’t win anything.”

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