- Bayern Munich was eliminated from the German Cup on Wednesday evening
- German giants suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at third division Saarbrücken
Thomas Müller has slammed his Bayern Munich teammates for their lack of appreciation for their traveling support after a shock 2-1 German Cup third-tier defeat to Saarbrücken.
German giants Bayern were humiliated with a last-gasp winner on Wednesday evening.
Marcel Gaus scored the winner for the home side deep into second-half stoppage time, completing a sensational comeback and sparking wild celebrations from the home crowd as Bayern’s players looked on in complete shock.
Bayern, who last lifted the trophy in 2020, had taken a first-half lead through Müller before the hosts leveled in first-half extra time through Patrick Sontheimer.
At the whistle, Müller was just one of a few players who went to talk to the angry Bayern supporters, who also included Joshua Kimmich and Mathys Tel.
Thomas Müller has hit out at his Bayern Munich teammates for not recognizing their fans
He was just one of four players to speak to fans after the shock German Cup exit
Marcel Gaus (below) was the hero for Saarbrücken after his last-gasp win against Bayern
Gaus fired in in second-half stoppage time as Saarbrücken won 2-1 in the second round
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And leaving that interaction behind, the 34-year-old condemned his teammates for not all acknowledging their support.
‘Absolutely understandable for the fans. It’s not necessarily about the game or the result.
‘What is not possible at all is for only three or four players to understand how to respect the support.
‘They came here, I don’t know how many, 100 kilometers a week.
‘The most important thing is that you understand how you can give back. Of course it doesn’t work that way.’
Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel made several changes to the team that crushed Darmstadt 98 8-0 on Saturday, leaving top scorer Harry Kane on the bench along with Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala, while handing 20-year-old Frans Kratzig his first start concerned.
The match was in doubt due to heavy rain but it was the hosts who troubled Bayern earlier in the match before the visitors opened their account with their first chance when Kratzig set up Muller in the 15th minute.
Bayern also had to take defender Matthias de Ligt off the field halfway through the first half, as the Dutch international suffered a knee injury.
Müller had given Bayern the lead with this goal in the 15th minute of the German Cup
Patrick Sontheimer (left) tapped in from close range after a mistake by Kim Min-jae and equalized
Things got even worse for Bayern before halftime when defender Kim Min-jae’s pass was intercepted and Sontheimer tapped in from close range.
The Bavarians struggled to convert chances and paid the price when the hosts launched a fast break and a cutback from the right sailed across the entire penalty area past three Bayern players before Gaus thundered in the winner in the sixth minute with a low drive with left. added time.
“This is a heavy blow for us,” Müller reflected, as his team faced title rival Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
‘Being eliminated for the third time in the second round of the cup is not what we are aiming for. We must congratulate Saarbrücken for their fight. A bit of luck is also part of it.
‘Then we were hit at half-time in the 96th minute, but we had wasted too many chances before that.’