Germany didn't exactly get the confidence boost they were looking for ahead of Euro 2012 when Bayern Munich fell at the final hurdle in the Champions League final. Of course, Bayern are a club side and we are talking about the national team here but when - just like Barcelona in Spain - players from a team form the crux of the national side the fortune of the club becomes important.
Eight players part of Bayern's roster are included in Germany's provisional squad - Captain Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and Mario Gomez.
What must particularly haunt Germany coach Joachim Loew isn't the loss that Bayern suffered but rather the wasteful finishing displayed by forwards Gomez and Muller who will both be an intrinsic part of the team come Euro.
Muller of course did get himself on the scoresheet in the 83rd minute with a brilliant header that at the time seemed to have clinched Bayern the title but in the end it failed to make up for his few easy misses before. Gomez was, well, even worse when it came to letting go of easy chances.
Loew however must have taken heart from the solid performances of Lahm and Schweinsteiger - even though the latter missed the final penalty in the shoot-out - and for once would have been thankful that he doesn't have the Dutch Arjen Robben in his squad.
German legend Franz Beckenbauer agreed before the final that a defeat for Bayern could affect Germany's Euro 2012 preparations and even Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes admitted that it could have an adverse effect on some players, pointing out to Schweinsteiger.
"When such an established national player misses, it takes a while to get over that," said Heynckes.
Germany national team director Oliver Bierhoff, meanwhile, expressed concerns but hoped the players would still rise up to the occasion.
"You can't expect them to show up here (for team practice), drink a cup of magic potion and then everything is good," Bierhoff said a day after Bayern's defeat.
"It's a process. Clearly, there is a huge void after such a game. Had they won, they would have come here full of confidence. But they can still win a title," he added.
Yes, there is no denying that Bayern players have had a barrage of disappointments and it will not be easy to pick oneself up after such a defeat, even if one is a professional athlete. However they need to get up, dust themselves and put behind the haunting memories to make new ones - the European Cup loss will all be forgotten if they come back triumphant from Poland-Ukraine with this European trophy - a success that will be celebrated not just by Bayern fans but all of Germany.
Luckily for them and German fans the distraught players have almost three weeks to overcome the disappointment and start afresh before the Euro.