The Arsenal-bound forward insists his team were simply not good enough to stay in the German top-flight, as he pinpointed their deteriorating form in recent months as a factor
A run of eight matches without victory, including six defeats, coupled with the dismissal of Stale Solbakken at the helm meant a return to the second division was almost inevitable.
Saturday's loss to Bayern Munich confirmed their demise, and Podolski, who is set to swap Koln for Arsenal during the summer, claims recent results did not reflect that of a team capable of competing in the Bundesliga.
"We were not relegated today. It has been borne from what has happened in recent weeks and months," admitted Podolski.
"With so many defeats and goals conceded in the end, we do not deserve to remain in the Bundesliga, it must be said, unfortunately."