F or the first time in 13 years, there will be no German club in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, a fact that was not lost in the country's media the morning after the fall of FC Bayern Munich against Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp's team won the Allianz Arena victorious against a team that had lost just one of their previous 26 Champions League games in their own country, but the performance was more than the result, which bothered the experts.
"What did we learn? In the last 16 years, the German football has shrunk considerably – and has no place in the major European competitions among the big teams, "wrote Jorn Meyn in Der Spiegel and pointed out that three of the teams – Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke – was eliminated by English clubs and the fourth, Hoffenheim, did not even make it out of their group. "At eight months late, we saw at club level what was obvious to the national team at the 2018 World Cup: German football was left behind," he added.
Matthias Brügelmann, Bild-Zeitung, went on to write the same lines that say that "German football is second-rate internationally" and "that Bavaria and Germany need a radical turn to fight for titles again."
The Bayern were heavily criticized for their performance Wednesday, with the headline in Kicker: "No plan, no courage: The Bayern are out" and the chief reporter of the newspaper, Karlheinz Wild, said: "Even in 1-1 dominated Liverpool the game and spent most of his time in Bayern half ". He added: "The English team was faster, more agile and better with the ball and the 2: 1 and finally the 3: 1."
Niko Kovac was partly to blame, Wild said, wondering if the Bayern coach "really believed he could change the game with Renato Sanches?"
The Munich Abendzeitung described the Bayern as "helpless" and said they had "beaten" in front of 70,000 fans, starting with Manuel Neuer mistake for Liverpool's first goal when the goalkeeper tried to defeat Sadio Mané, but was of the swift footsteps of the Liverpool striker surprised.
The field players were not spared, even if evening newspaper "five" handed out In Germany can be one of the best – to Neuer, Rafinha, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker failed the "ultimate test" against Virgil van Dijk and was "weak in the challenge" and could not keep the ball.
Only Javi Martínez received a good grade – a two. "Like a starving predator, he ran around chasing his prey for the ball. He had a strong first half and won 90% of his tackles. Bayern's best player, "wrote the newspaper.
Kovac put on a brave face after the defeat and said Liverpool deserved to get through and the Bayern would focus on the domestic doubles, but he received criticism from his players for his tactic, where Lewandowski said: "I think we were too defensive, we did not take enough risks, we did not get far enough, and when you look at the two games we did not have a lot of chances, so we can not argue when it comes to the result. "
Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ended the deal with German television It would be nice to have Klopp as Bayern coach, which greatly aggravates a bad night for Kovac.