Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Klinsmann job on the line after Barca rout

Bayern Munich’s humilating 4-0 Champions League defeat at Barcelona has left manager Jurgen Klinsmann closer to the sack, local media speculated here Thursday.

“Klinsi close to the exit door,” was the headline in Bild who described Wednesday’s Nou Camp loss as “a night of shame at which Klinsmann was a powerless spectator”.

The paper added: “If the directors don’t fire him straight away it’s obvious that his job will be on the line for each league game.”

Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer condemned the German giants’ rout as the worst moment in the club’s history.

Bayern conceded all four goals in the first half of their quarter-final first leg tie, leaving them virtually eliminated from the tournament.

The defeat came on the back of a 5-1 German league defeat against Wolfsburg last weekend.

“What I saw in the first half was without doubt the worst football in the history of Bayern Munich,” said German legend Beckenbauer.

“It was a demonstration, almost a humiliation. Barcelona gave us a lesson in football.”

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “The question to know is whether to be angry or sad at what took place. It was undoubtedly an enormous humilation which was hard for everyone.

“In the first half we were given a lesson in football, we were like rabbits up against a snake.”

He admitted that Bayern’s Champions League hopes were over, but refused to discuss his under-fire coach’s future.

“I am not going to discuss Jurgen Klinsmann after every match,” said Rummenigge.

“What I want to say is that we must now concentrate on our next match against Frankfurt on Saturday. We have to react after this second heavy defeat in a row.

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