Following a Champions League quarterfinal loss, 3-1, to FC Porto, Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer clearly denounced his squad’s performance to the media.
Bayern was struck down right off the whistle in the 2nd minute, when Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma converted the PK opportunity from Manuel Neuer’s tripping of Jackson Martinez. Eight minutes later, Quaresma doubled his tally and put pressure on the usually dominant FCB.
Thiago Alcántara buried a goal in the 26th minute to halve the score and revive hope that a comeback was feasible. However, a resolute Porto were unyielding defensively, and tacked on a third goal late in the match to finalize a crucial result.
“They are far away, far, far, far away to win the Champions League,” Beckenbauer said. “With this performance, you don’t win anything,” he said. “Sometimes, you can say the left back, he played bad, or the right back, or the goalkeeper made a mistake. But in this game, all players on the field — nada.”
…[Beckenbauer] apologized for comments he made on Sky television, where he said defender Dante played like he had “ski boots on.”
In the wake of defeat, tensions were high and German media revealed that CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigg and doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, who resigned with other staff after 38 years in the role, had conflict over a long injury list. The list included Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender David Alaba.
Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the medical staff was held accountable for the loss, but in reality, poor showings of the fielded players have disrupted the road to Champions League triumph, as Beckenbauer clearly notes.