Franz Beckenbauer blamed a "lifeless" first half for Germany's Euro 2012 semi-final exit to Italy on Thursday night.
A Mario Balotelli double before half-time stunned Joachim Low's side, who had gone into the match as favourites after winning their past 14 competitive matches.
Mesut Ozil pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in injury-time of an improved second half, but it came too late to leave Germany without a major title since Euro 96.
"It hurts alot. Too bad. Too bad. I thought after 16 years after winning Euro 96 in England that we were again ready to win a title," former Germany coach and captain Beckenbauer wrote in Bild.
"Something is still missing. Now we will have to wait another two years for a title shot.
"The first-half performance was a mystery to me after we performed so confidently in the four games beforehand.
"The first 45 minutes were deeply disappointing. That was not the true German team.
"They seemed c...