Munich - Bixente Lizarazu has just been in Brazil for a few weeks shooting a documentary about one of his two greatest passions - surfing.

His other passion is football, and in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the UEFA Champions League winner from 2001 gives his verdict on all four German clubs still in the competition, as well as suggesting his own dream final for Berlin's Olympiastadion on 6 June.

bundesliga.com: Bixente Lizarazu, for the second year in a row there are four Bundesliga clubs in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in FC Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04. Is this a fluke or is there more to it than that?

Bixente Lizarazu: Obviously, the Bundesliga's come on leaps and bounds in recent years. In my eyes, it's up there with the English Premier League as one of the best leagues in the world in terms of the overall package - i.e. looking at it sportingly, financially and in terms of popularity. In that respect, I don’t think it's a fluke at all that four Bundesliga sides are through to the knockout stages.

bundesliga.com: Tell us, how many of them are going to make it through to the quarter-finals?

Lizarazu: Apart from Bayern against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, I don't think any of the Bundesliga clubs are favourites. Bayer Leverkusen are going to have a battle on their hands against Club Atletico de Madrid because they reached the final last year and are still playing really well. This is the second year in which Atletico are challenging and I can hardly see any weaknesses in them. They're so consistent. Their 4-0 win over Real Madrid CF in the Spanish league just over a week ago was fully deserved. I therefore don't think it'll be at all easy for Bayer, but that's not to say Leverkusen don't have a chance. They just need two top nights.

bundesliga.com: Do Schalke have a chance against Real Madrid, on the other hand?

Lizarazu: I'd say that at the very least it's going to be extremely difficult for Schalke to compete with Real. Alongside Bayern, Real are one of the clear favourites to win the Champions League this year. These two sides are by far and away the best in Europe right now. Schalke will be able to play without any pressure because they've really got nothing to lose.

bundesliga.com: It could have been harder for Bayern, though…

Lizarazu: This is a tie in which I see Bayern miles ahead. I don't have any doubts at all. Bayern are going to breeze through.

bundesliga.com: And then there's Borussia Dortmund, who are up against Juventus…

Lizarazu: That's certainly more of an even tie. There's no real favourite and it's hard to make a prediction. A lot will depend on what kind of form Dortmund are in on the night. If they show their Bundesliga face, then they've got no chance of making it through, even if things have been looking better for them in their past two games. But in the group phase back in autumn, Dortmund showed time and again that they're capable of rising to the occasion. Juve are not as strong as they used to be either, even if they do have a good squad.

bundesliga.com: So what would your dream final be on June 6 in the Olympiastadion?

Lizarazu: It would be great if the two best teams would meet, so Bayern against Real Madrid. I just hope they aren't drawn together earlier. Even if Bayern have had a few difficulties at the start of the second half of the season, I think they're now stronger and more solid than they were a year ago. Thanks to Pep Guardiola, the record champions are more tactically unpredictable than ever because they're capable of changing their style in the middle of the season. Real are at least as strong as they were last season. Toni Kroos has blended in well and he's already a key player in their star ensemble.

Interview by Alexis Menuge / Translation by Ben Gladwell