Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has critiicised three of the club’sstars on the eve of Germany’s friendly against Euro 2008 hosts Austria in Vienna on Wednesday.
Beckenbauer has criticised midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, striker Lukas Podolski and defender Philipp Lahm for their lack of development after excelling during the 2006 World Cup.
“Eighteen monhs ago they were celebrated as World Cup heroes, since then all three have lost some of their power,” Beckenbauer told Bild. “Perhaps it is for psychological reasons, but they have never quite showed the same kind of form in their league matches.”
Beckenbauer hopes the trio recapture their 2006 form when Euro 2008 kicks off in June.
“I hope our young heroes can translate their World Cup form into Euro 2008 and Vienna could be a good opportunity for a new start for them,” added Beckenbauer who captained and coached Germany to World Cup success.