Schalke suffer worst home defeat in 32 years
Schalke 04's stars admitted they were left reeling after suffering their worst home league defeat in 32 years having gone down 4-0 to Bayern Munich.
The Royal Blues' defeat to Pep Guardiola's Bayern on Saturday was their heaviest in Gelsenkirchen since losing 6-0 to Bochum in May 1981 and was their worst since moving to the Veltins Arena 12 years ago.
For the opening 20 minutes, Schalke matched Bayern, but undid their good work when midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, then striker Mario Mandzukic were left unmarked to head home within 60 seconds of each other.
Schalke were 2-0 at the half-time break before Franck Ribery and Claudio Pizarro added second-half goals, leaving Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes talking about a "difference in class".
"If you go into the half-time break 2-0 down against a team like Bayern Munich, then it is of course extremely difficult," said centre-back Hoewedes.
"We tried everything to turn things around, but in the end, you have to acknowledge that Bayern deserved to win.
"It's not enough to just play well for 20 minutes."
Schalke's four-matching winning streak -- including last Wednesday's 3-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League -- was ended in abrupt fashion as Guardiola's Bayern enjoyed 70 percent possession.
"When you're 2-0 down and chasing after the ball like an idiot, it's pretty demoralising," said Schalke left-back Dennis Aogo.
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, whose half-brother Jerome Boateng was at centre-back for Bayern, said Schalke had lost against "probably the best team in the world".
"But now we will not hang our heads and mope," added Boateng.
"We have many tough challenges ahead of us in the coming weeks which we want to tackle successfully.
"We know what we have to do. When we realise our strengths, then we will go on another series of wins."
Schalke have an away trip to Swiss champions FC Basel, then are home to Chelsea in the Champions League before facing Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga before the end of October.