Munich - Having won the UEFA Champions League in 2001 with FC Bayern Munich, few know what it takes to clinch European football's most coveted trophy better than Bixente Lizarazu.

Speaking to, the French 1998 FIFA World Cup winner and 97-time international assesses Bayern's chances of overcoming Juventus in the quarter-finals on Tuesday following their 2-0 victory in the first leg. The now 43-year-old also discusses their credentials to go all the way in the competition, their impressive title-winning Bundesliga season and new coach Pep Guardiola's tough task ahead. Bixente Lizarazu, do you think Bayern will qualify for the last four of the Champions League against Juventus?

Bixente Lizarazu: I very much believe so because Bayern won't be taking the game lightly following their second-leg defeat to Arsenal in the previous round. They won't be underestimating their opponents again. Uli [Hoeneß, the club president]'s harsh speech after the game will have done the job - the players will take the bull by the horns. He was right to do so to keep the players awake. Assuming Bayern proceed to the next round, how do you rate their chances of winning the competition?

Lizarazu: Bayern obviously have the potential to win the Champions League, they should have won it in the previous season, having been the much better side in the final against Chelsea. However, Real Madrid likewise have what it takes. There's been little talk about Real in recent weeks, but they're very strong and will have something to say too. In your opinion, is the current Bayern side the strongest the club's ever had?

Lizarazu: No, the team they had in the 1970s was the strongest as it won the European Cup three seasons running. Now it's down to the current side to win titles. They can win the Champions League and would deserve it after reaching the final in 2010 and 2012. Would it be a successful season for Bayern if they didn't end up winning further titles after securing the Bundesliga last weekend?

Lizarazu: It certainly wouldn't have been a poor season, but that one title no doubt won't be enough, despite it having been very important to show Germany they are the true no.1 in the country, which Bayern did impressively. What are the reasons for Bayern having regained the Bundesliga title from previous back-to-back champions Borussia Dortmund?

Lizarazu: The ones in charge at Bayern reacted brilliantly to the two trophyless campaigns, strengthening the team to great effect. The squad now boasts great quality, which gives the coach lots of options and things have been going perfectly for them. Could it be to FCB's advantage to have decided the Bundesliga at such an early stage?

Lizarazu: It was important they focused on the Bundesliga and tried to secure the title as early as possible and prove they are themselves as the best in Germany. FC Bayern can now fully concentrate on the Champions League and will be more relaxed approaching the upcoming tasks. It was the same for us in 2001 when we clinched the title in Hamburg and then played the Champions League final four days later. Despite also reaching the Champions League final last season, Bayern trailed in the Bundesliga and therefore weren't as dominant and confident as they are now. In which areas have Jupp Heynckes' men impressed you most this season?

Lizarazu: Their consistency. Bayern haven't had a phase of weakness, in contrast to Real Madrid or Barcelona. Who would you rate as Bayern's best player so far?

Lizarazu:Mario Mandzukic has been proving his quality in my opinion and won a regular berth very quickly, which isn't easy at all having to compete with the likes of Mario Gomez. He's been scoring regularly and is hard-working. He's a lucky find for the club. Will there be any room for improvement for Guardiola once he takes over in the summer?

Lizarazu: It will be important for him to maintain the high level they're at now, to keep Bayern on top in Germany and continue playing a key role on the international stage. It's about continuing FC Bayern's great history, that's his mission. It doesn't really matter if Bayern win the treble this season. It's his job to win further important titles in the medium term by applying his style.

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