'Easy' Bundesliga has made Bayern soft in Europe, claims Matthaus

The Bavarians are on their way to a fifth straight league title, but one club legend believes they have been spoiled by domestic success

Bayern Munich iconLothar Matthaus believes that the club's failure in Europe in recent years is partly down to the Bundesliga being "too easy".

The Bavarian giantshead into the away leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Real Madrid aiming to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

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Carlo Ancelotti's side are well on course for a fifth successiveBundesligacrown this seasonand Matthaus claims theirdomestic domination fails to prepare them to challenge Europe's elite.

"Bayern's daily business in the Bundesliga is too easy," Matthaus told TZ.

"Theyhave no serious competitors.In Spain and other countries this looks quite different.Players will be under pressure all year round because every weak game is immediately punished.

"In the case of Bayernit is now the fifth year in a row they have claimed the title with lots of days to go.

"So it is moredifficultto switch it on.This was also observed in the past years under Pep Guardiola.

"Even under him Bayern could not win [the Champions League]. The motivation was missing.

"On Saturday they can compete inLeverkusen with 70 or 80 percent effort and probably win anyway.And if they do not, they remain unchallenged at the top."

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