Bayern Munich legend and Champions League winner with the club in 2001, Bixente Lizarazu says Bayern Munich have to play “the perfect game” against Real Madrid in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday.
"If I were a Bayern player, I would fully believe that I can win at Real," Lizarazu told German sports magazine kicker.
"You have to go to Madrid with an animal spirit, you have to have the spirit of a tiger, not of a cat.”
Lizarazu, who lifted the 1998 FIFA World Cup with France, won six Bundesliga titles during a glittering seven-year spell in Bavaria. He also knows what it takes to win the Champions League, having done it with Bayern 17 years ago. In that 2000/01 campaign, Ottmar Hitzfeld's side overcame Real in the last four, winning 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
"I loved these games Bayern against Real, it's like the Clasico of the Champions League," Lizarazu said. "A good game will not be enough; Bayern has to play the perfect game. Last year I was in the Bernabeu, Bayern played great, only the dismissal of Arturo Vidal brought the turnaround."
Going to the Spanish capital chasing back a 2-1 deficit, Bayern know they must score at least twice against the record Champions League winners. In the quarter-finals, Madrid were beaten 3-1 on the night by Juventus, with a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty securing their place against Bayern in the semi-finals.
Despite the work that needs doing, Lizarazu reiterates the fact that it has been done before, and can be done again.
“Juve won 3-1 at Real, why should Bayern not win 2-0? Everything is possible,” the Frenchman said.