F or the first time in 13 years without a German club in the Champions League quarter-finals, a fact has not gone to the country's media in the morning after the Bayern Munich crash against Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp's team have won from Allianz Arena against a team that lost only one of their last 26 Champions League fixtures in the home soil, but it has been the performance of more than the results concerned with the experts .
"What we have learned from the last 16 is that the German approach has grown significantly – and it has no place in big teams in Europe's most important competition," wrote Jörn Meyn at Der Spiegel, pointing out that three teams-Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke – were removed by English clubs and the fourth, Hoffenheim, had not made it to their group. "In an eight-month delay we saw at the club level what was obvious for the national team in the 2018 World Cup: German football was left behind," he added.
Matthias Brügelmann, at Bild-Zeitung, both lines, saying "the fact is that German football is only a second-class international" and "that Bayern and Germany need a radical turnaround to compete for titles again ".
Bayern was heavily criticized for their performance on Wednesday, with Kicker's headline saying "No plans, no courage: Bayern went out" and the paper's chief reporter Karlheinz Wild, who says "even at 1-1 Liverpool dominate the game and spend most of the time in Bayern half ". He added: "The English team is faster, faster and better on the ball and 2-1 and, in the last 3-1, feel logical."
Niko Kovac is slightly blamed, said Wild, who wondered if The Bayern coach "really thinks he can turn the game on by bringing Renato Sanches?"
Munich paper Abendzeitung described Bayern as "helpless" and said "they beat themselves" in front of 70,000 fans, starting with Manuel Neuer's mistakes for Liverpool's first goal when the goalkeeper has come out to try to remove Sadio Mané but leave the flummoxed through the forward-looking forward Liverpool forward.
Outside players have not lost any of the Abendzeitung who provide "fives" – the worst score you can ever get to Germany, one of the best – Neuer, Rafinha, Franck Ribéry and Robert Lewandowski. The Polish forward failed the "ultimate test" against Virgil van Dijk and "weak in the challenge" and could not keep the ball.
Only Javi Martínez has been given a good score – two. "Like a hungry predator he ran around chasing his victim, the ball, he had a strong first half, winning 90% of his tackles. Bayern's best player," the paper written.
Kovac put a hard face after the defeat, saying that Liverpool had to go through and Bayern would focus on winning the domestic double. He received some criticisms from his players for his tactics, though, in Lewandowski saying: "I think we are very defensive, we do not have enough risks and are not up front enough. two games we did not have many opportunities and therefore we would not have any arguments when it comes to the outcome. "
Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, finished things by saying this German TV it would be good to have Klopp as coach of Bayern, making a bad night for Kovac so much worse.