Bayern named a strong team for the match against Borussia Monchengladbach, but they were beaten heavily with manager Julian Nagelsmann absent from the dugout.
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Bayern Munich were handed their heaviest defeat of the Julian Nagelsmann era, going down 5-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal.
It was the first time the Bundesliga leaders have conceded five in one game since November 2019, when a heavy loss at Eintracht Frankfurt spelled the end for then-manager Niko Kovac.
Remarkably, the manager in the opposition dugout that day, Adi Hutter, was the mastermind beyond Gladbach’s victory on Wednesday night.
It was a huge shock for Bayern, who named several Champions League winners in their starting line-up at Borussia-Park.
Nagelsmann’s side had won 12-0 in the previous round of the competition, against lower-league Bremer, but this ends their chances of winning the cup for the third time in four years.
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Bayern, who sit top of the Bundesliga after nine games, will hope the game is just a blip in an otherwise solid season.
Manager Nagelsmann missed the game as he continues to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19, but Bayern named a very strong starting XI.
Robert Lewandowski led the line, with Serge Gnabry part of the supporting cast, while German internationals Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka started in midfield.
Back in 2019, Hutter’s Frankfurt side benefited from an early Jerome Boateng red card to record a 5-1 win over Bayern.
The following day, Kovac was dismissed, with his replacement Hansi Flick ending the season as a Champions League winner.
This defeat was even more comprehensive, with both teams ending with 11 men and the hosts scoring all five of their goals inside the first hour.
Manu Kone opened the scoring just two minutes in, before Remy Bensebaini and Breel Embolo each netted twice.
Bayern’s rivals might need to be careful in the coming weeks, if the response to that last heavy defeat is anything to go by.
They recorded back-to-back 4-0 wins immediately after replacing Kovac with Flick, and hit four or more goals in nine further league games that season.
In the Champions League, they put six past Red Star Belgrade within weeks of Flick’s appointment before scoring seven across two legs against Chelsea later in the campaign and hitting eight against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
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Hutter is becoming an achilles heel for Bayern, with his Frankfurt team also handing the champions a rare defeat last season.
His Gladbach side had already held Nagelsmann’s team to a 1-1 draw earlier this season, the only away match Bayern had failed to win in any competition before their cup exit.
Next up for Bayern is a trip to Union Berlin in the league, before they host Benfica in a game which could see them guarantee a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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