Thomas Muller has admitted Bayern Munich simply need to get better, if they are to emulate last season's successes.
Muller was speaking after Bayern Munich's 4-2 Super Cup defeat to Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, and admitted the Bavarians were far from their best.
The Champions League winner's were clear favourites going into the game against Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park, after a very successful pre-season period.
However, Jurgen Klopp's side reigned superior and won the game 4-2. Pep Guardiola's decision to use his favoured 4-1-4-1 formation was widely criticised after the game, due to it allowing Dortmund's midfielder's an abundance of space between the midfield and attacking lines.
The energetic Marco Reus pounced on Guardiola's inadequate formation, and was given too much freedom by the Bayern Munich midfield to create goal-scoring opportunities, and was a key source of service for the strikers. The German also scored two goals to top off an outstanding performance
Muller was critical of the lack of structure in the Bayern Munich team on Saturday, and deemed the organisation of the players a fundamental element that must improve.
"We were pretty disorganised after equalising - and that lasted a few minutes after we conceded the two goals, as well," the 23-year-old told reporters. "I noticed that everyone seemed to be occupying a different position. After that, we managed to regain our structure.
"When push came to shove and it mattered most, we weren't able to do the things that would have won us the match.
"It clearly means we were doing something wrong. I'll need to take another good look at the whole thing. On the positive side, we didn't let up, just as we hadn't after going 1-0 behind. After being 3-1 down, we came back again. We pressed forward, got caught on the break and conceded a fourth goal.
"I can live with that but we really needed to hold our shape better, especially when it was 1-1. I'm not pointing the finger at anyone but it's not good enough."
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