Bayern no longer respected, says Beckenbauer

October 6, 2008

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer believes other Bundesliga clubs have "lost all respect" for his side.

The defending Bundesliga champions let a 3-1 lead slip to lowly Bochum on Saturday and only picked up a point at the Allianz Arena.

"The myth that Bayern always win in the end has taken a break," Beckenbauer said. "The small clubs have become cheeky and have lost all respect. The whole league senses that we are fallible.

"The football gods have turned their back on us and where we used to have luck, we are now only getting misfortune. But that will soon change again."

Despite managing only one point in the last three games, Bayern's squad still celebrated at the city's Oktoberfest on Sunday afternoon before returning to work on Monday for the start of what Beckenbauer predicts will be a tough fortnight for coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

"He has got to cope with the criticism from the terraces and from the media," said Beckenbauer in the Bild newspaper. "But we must keep a cool head too. What is decisive is that the relationship between the coach and the team is intact.

"That was not the case with Felix Magath in the end, for example, but I cannot see any gulf with Klinsmann. He just needs time before his ideas start to work."

Bayern slipped to 11th in the Bundesliga this weekend - their worst position in over 30 years at this stage of a season.

After the two-week break for internationals, Klinsmann's side travel to Karlsruhe before hosting Fiorentina in the Champions League three days later.