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A stunned Hasan Salihamidzic said Bayern Munich suffered from a “collective breakdown” during their “inexplicable” 5-0 DFB-Pokal beating at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The Bundesliga champions suffered a humiliating hammering in the second round at Borussia-Park, where they were three goals behind after 21 minutes on Wednesday.
Ramy Bensebaini scored twice after Kouadio Kone opened the scoring in the second minute and Breel Embolo smeared Bayern’s injuries with a brace in the second half.
Bayern were a shambles as they were torn apart by Die Fohlen in the absence of head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who had to watch at home as he self-isolates after testing positive for coronavirus .
The sporting director of Bavarian giants Salihamidzic was surprised by such a dismal performance.
Asked about his reaction to the loss, he told ARD: “Absolutely shocked. We just weren’t there. We didn’t win a duel in the first half, it was a collective blackout. “
He added: “To me it’s inexplicable. We knew how difficult it would be here, we discussed everything. It’s hard to explain.”
Dayot Upamecano suffered a nightmarish outing on his 23rd birthday, looking utterly lost and making a bad mistake for Emolo’s fourth goal.
The center-back was substituted right after the mistake, but Salihamidzic says he put a bad night behind him.
“We win together, we lose together. We will rebuild Upa. It is inexplicable because he has played very well recently,” said Salihamidzic.
Bayern defender Lucas Hernandez also started a day where it was revealed he had avoided jail for disobeying a restraining order in 2017 after a court in Madrid accepted his appeal.
Joshua Kimmich also made headlines recently after saying he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, but Salihamidzic says off-field issues cannot be used as an excuse.
He said: “[It is] Hard to say. There have been a lot of stories this past week, but we’ve come to terms with that in previous games as well. The lack of vaccination was not the reason today why we did not participate in the duels and were able to stop the bullets. “