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Bayern Munich become third Bundesliga side to be dumped out of Champions League

There was a time when the sight of Manuel Neuer charging out of his goal was a source of relief for Bayern Munich fans. In his prime, Neuer would never misread the situation. 

He would always get to the ball first. Neuer is no longer in his prime. As he lumbered out towards Sadio Mane on Wednesday evening, the Bayern fans feared the worst. 

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German press slam Neuer and Bayern Munich and Liverpool shock

Ahead of the game, Neuer had declared that it was about time Bayern claimed a major scalp in the Champions League. In reality, defeat to Liverpool proved that he and his team are no longer good enough to do so.

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The fact is that German football is now only second-rate, grumbled the editorial in Germanys biggest newspaper, Bild, this morning.

There will be no seedings or country protection for the draw and any restrictions (for political reasons for example) will be announced ahead of the draw.

It certainly looks that way. Bayerns exit crowned a miserable trilogy of defeats for German sides, all of whom have been outclassed and eliminated by Premier League opponents in the last-16. Now, for the first time since 2006, there will be no Bundesliga team in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

So with the opening knockout stage now complete, heres who is in the draw for the quarter-finals and how you can watch the all-important ball-picking.

With its fan ownership model and internal competitiveness, the Bundesliga has always suffered from the fact that it has a lot of good teams but no super clubs. Bayern were always the exception that proved the rule, but now they too appear to have dropped out of Europes elite, missing out on the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011.

The semi-final draw will then follow immediately, meaning the rest of the tournament will be mapped out in full to the final in Madrid on June 1.

At the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, there was the unmistakable sense that this was the end of an era. The brilliant generation of German players who rose at the turn of the decade is finally over the hill.

Both Madrid giants as well as Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain have exited the competition following a Round of 16 stage full of drama.

4 hours ago German press slam Neuer and 'second rate' Bayern Munich after Liverpool shock 339 Shares Marc Mayo The challenges facing German football were laid bare by Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk Bayern Munichs followers were not happy with their limp Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool on Wednesday night and the German press joined in on slating the Bavarian giants.

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Sadio Mane scored twice in a 3-1 win for the Reds at the Allianz Arena having gone into the last 16 second leg as underdogs, such was the impressive feat Bayern had originally achieved by keeping them out in the initial Anfield stalemate.

Bayern Munich are very much in transition, with an older generation finally making way for younger talents. Franck Ribery had a disappointing night on what may well have been his final Champions League game for Bayern Munich. Manuel Neuer was at fault for Liverpools opener and Robert Lewandowski has now failed to score in his last seven European knock-out ties.

Sporting newspaper Bild went with the headline “Oh no, Neuer!” after the goalkeepers shocker for Manes opener, rushing out and becoming dumbfounded by the wingers audacity of turning towards goal and shooting.

Those foundations seemed set in stone when Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund met at Wembley in 2013. A new generation of Bundesliga coaches drove German domestic football to new heights with a new, exciting brand of football — quicker, stronger, faster and more aggressive.

They defined Bayerns performance as “without courage, without ideas and without pace” while an opinion piece by journalist Matthias Brügelmann accepted that the club “need a radical change”.

Much of the coverage has focused on German footballs problems as a whole, with none of their teams reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in 13 years. Brügelmann states: “The fact is: German football is second-rate internationally.”

Bayern Munichs 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on Wednesday night made it three out of three for English sides in their knockout ties with German opposition this season, after Tottenham Hotspur made light work of Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City humiliated Schalke.

Over at Die Welt, the prognosis is similar, with their writer noting that: “The English clubs prove this season that they are far ahead.” They acknowledge that Munich deserved to go out, putting them no longer among “the absolute elite of Europe”, now requiring the “need to change fundamentally”.

German football has endured a chastening month but, if there was ever to be a year in which no Bundesliga team qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League, then this was quite logically going to be it. The effects of this “Dexit” wont be as permanent.

Bayern have dominated the Bundesliga over the years and once again top the table this season, albeit by goal difference after an average start, but their hopes of succeeding in Europe rely on a big refresh of the playing squad. Süddeutsche Zeitung note “the big cycle of Bayern is over” after they played “without conviction, without courage”.

Perhaps most cuttingly of all, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called the club “just a mock giant”. In defeat, “the big Bayern balloon burst, and there was only hot air”. Ouch.

Whats more, in Jadon Sancho, they possess an English talent of their own whose decision to leave Manchester City for regular football shows that the Bundesliga still offers opportunities for young players to develop that the Premier League perhaps does not.

They summarise the game with an anecdote about Oliver Bierhoff, the legendary former striker who now serves as general manager of the German national team. At the start of the game he was pictured in the stands with a Bayern scarf wrapped around his neck. By the time Liverpool were 3-1 ahead, he had binned it off.

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