The ex-European Cup winners suffered an embarrassing 8-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena, and their coach admitted it could have been even worse
Hamburg boss Josef Zinnbauer has claimed that Saturday’s 8-0 loss at Bayern Munich will haunt him for the rest of his life, revealing that he spent the dying minutes praying that the hosts wouldn’t hit double figures.
The visitors capitulated after Thomas Muller opened the scoring 21 minutes courtesy of a contentious penalty, with Mario Gotze and Arjen Robben adding to the Bavarians’ lead before the break.
The second half was a disaster for Hamburg, as further goals from Robben, Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and Gotze saw the former European Cup winners suffer one of the most humiliating defeats in their long and proud history.
Zinnbauer was traumatised by the nature of Hamburg’s collapse and admitted afterwards that he was simply grateful that Bayern had not broken through the 10-goal barrier.
“I’ll not forget this day for the rest of my life,” he told reporters after the game. “There’s not a lot to discuss when you’ve lost 8-0.
“We have to apologise to our fans because 8-0 is unbelievable, although we did meet incredibly strong opponents today.
“The margin of victory is the right one. Bayern were world class but there is no excuse for losing 8-0.
“By the end, I was hoping that we wouldn’t lose by double digits.
“We now have to pick ourselves up, put the game behind us as fast as we can and show a reaction in our next game, against Borussia Monchengladbach.”