Oliver Kahn has urged his Bayern Munich team-mates to summon up more passion in a bid to arrest the club’s recent decline.
Since the resumption of the Bundesliga after the winter break, Bayern have won just once in five league matches – a period which has also seen them dispense with the services coach Felix Magath.
The reigning champions suffered a fresh setback on Saturday, slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Alemannia Aachen.
That defeat has left Bayern 12 points adrift of leaders Schalke, and prompted Kahn to question the commitment of some of his team-mates.
“Bayern Munich gives so much to the players and it’s up to us to give something back,” said Kahn.
“It’s obvious that the least we can do is to fight in every match as if it were a battle against relegation.
“We need more passion and fighting spirit.
“Our biggest problem now is that we lack the belief to come back from a goal down. It’s something we have to work very hard on.”