Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese said he was “ashamed” after his side’s heaviest league defeat since 1987.
Bremen lost their fourth straight match, being thrashed 6-0 at Stuttgart, and the Germany goalkeeper said the whole team had let themselves down.
“It is embarrassing,” he said. “I am ashamed. Every single one of us should be ashamed.”
The defeat puts the pressure on coach Thomas Schaaf, who has been in charge for over 11 years.
He showed his frustration on the eve of the game by criticising the fans and the media for their treatment of Mikael Silvestre, who had another poor game. But he could find no defence for Silvestre or for his team-mates after Sunday’s defeat.
“We showed no resistance at all,” he said. “We were like the ideal sparring partner to a boxer. It was like a training game. We have too many problems.”
Stuttgart’s win moved them out of the bottom three on the back of their third victory of the season.
“Of course I am delighted with my team today,” said their coach Jens Keller. “And I am also proud. We did everything we wanted to do, but despite all this, we still only have 10 points and there is no reason to get euphoric.”