Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola apologised to the club's fans while criticising his team for the first time this season, in spite of a 5-2 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Guardiola was far from happy with his team's first-half performance and an improvement after the interval was not enough to wipe away his frustration.
"It is the first time since I have been coach here that I am disappointed with my players," Guardiola said.
"It's no problem when they play well or they play badly, but the problem was we weren't the team we have been all season.
"The fans don't deserve a performance like this. I'm sorry for them."
With a Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid to come on Tuesday, it was understandable that Bayern took things a little less seriously against Bremen and midfielder Thomas Muller did not want to dwell on the game.
"I really don't care about it in the slightest," he told Sky. "All that matters for us is Tuesday and we're going to need the support of everybody then.
"Everybody around the club, even the media and the press. We're all Germans. If we don't make it on Tuesday, then you can tear us to shreds, but we need support before."
Bayern have to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg against Carlo Ancelotti's men if they are to make it to the final for the third season in a row, and fourth time in five years.