BERLIN — Bayern Munich veteran Thomas Mueller has apologised to their fans and admitted the 5-0 thrashing at Moenchengladbach in the German Cup was the worst defeat he has experienced during 13 years playing in the famous red shirt.
After Kouadio Kone’s early goal, Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini netted twice to make it 3-0 at half-time.
Bayern’s bright start to the second-half was obliterated when Swiss striker Breel Embolo scored two rapid-fire goals.
Furious Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic described the visitors’ performance as “a collective blackout — we simply didn’t turn up”.
Gladbach fans started celebrating long before the final whistle as the song Oh, wie ist das schoen (Oh, how beautiful this is) echoed around the stands.
“Of course, this was a disgrace for us,” added Mueller who said the Bayern team sat stunned in the dressing room afterwards.
“We had a lot planned. We tried to somehow pick ourselves up, but I don’t think you saw that on TV.”
Bayern had plenty of off-field distractions in the build-up.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann was sidelined at home, isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
Defender Lucas Hernandez discovered the morning of the second-round cup tie that he will escape jail in Spain despite violating a restraining order in 2017.
Midfielder Joshua Kimmich has been heavily criticised in the German media after opting against being vaccinated for Covid-19.