The German giants were tipped to be amongst the favourites to clinch the Champions League trophy this term, but suffered a shock exit on Tuesday at the quarter-final stage of the competition, with their opponents Villarreal winning 2-1 on aggregate across two legs.


Bayern Munich lost the first leg 1-0 away at Villarreal last week, but many were expecting them to bounce back at home on Tuesday and set up a semi-final clash with fellow Champions League favourites Liverpool, but a late goal from Samuel Chukwueze gave the Spanish side a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena.



Former Reds star McAteer is of the view that the Bavarians suffered a humiliating exit at the hands of the La Liga side because they are playing in the Bundesliga and that is why they are not Liverpool’s opponents.


McAteer explained that Bayern Munich, who are on course for a tenth top flight title in a row, have already got the league wrapped up as they are the dominant force in Germany, where they face little competition from rivals.



“Bayern have come undone at this stage of the season before because of the Bundesliga”, McAteer said on LFC TV after the Reds progressed against Benfica.


“They have it wrapped up.



“They have a new manager, had a few indifferent results.


“There are weaknesses in that Bayern team and Unai Emery found them.”


Villarreal will now face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League, with the Reds determined to stop the Spanish side’s fairy tale run in the competition as they continue their quest for an unprecedented quadruple.