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Bayern played like they were sleeping on pills – Beckenbauer

Former Germany star Franz Beckenbauer says that Bayern Munich played against Porto as though they had taken sleeping pills.

The German Bundesliga champions found themselves two goals down after ten minutes at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, with their Portuguese Primeira Liga hosts eventually winning 3-1.

The club’s honourary president admits he was let feeling “angry” after watching Bayern’s performance and says their fate in this year’s tournament is sealed unless every player steps up his game in the second leg.

“It was one of those days, all the players didn’t show their real performance,” he told reporters at an event to mark the club’s new media agreement with MSN.

“Sometimes you say ‘the left-back plays bad’ or ‘the goalkeeper made a mistake’. But in this game all the players… nada!

“After 10 minutes you are 2-0 down in the quarter-final in the Champions League, so many mistakes. I never saw this before. I thought they took sleeping pills! Porto were much faster, real power. It made me angry.

“If they played like that again, no chance [they can go through]. But they can win 2-0 or go to extra-time. They have a chance. Last year we had the same problem, playing excellent in the Bundesliga and then we had two bad days and were out of the competition.”

Beckenbauer also believes the Bundesliga leaders could struggle in the latter stages of the European competition if they are not given a stern enough test throughout the season in the Bundesliga.

“[Bayern’s dominance] is maybe a little problem in the Bundesliga when Bayern leads the league by 20 to 25 points, but this year it’s different – we are only 10 points ahead of Wolfsburg!” he said.

“And after the disaster of a few days ago, and with six or seven games left, it’s not over yet.

“The dominance of Bayern Munich is not a problem but… if you want to win the Champions League you need a strong league with a lot of players. Internationally, Bayern Munich belongs to the top teams but to win the Champions League… you saw the game probably two days ago, we are far, far away. With this performance, you don’t win anything.”

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