Cologne - A UEFA Champions League winner with FC Bayern München and a world champion with France, few players boast more top-level credentials than Bixente Lizarazu.

The former left-back-turned-pundit spoke exclusively with to give his take on Bayern's crunch game against Manchester City FC on Wednesday, as well as the chances of Germany's three other Champions League representatives this season: Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04. Bixente Lizarazu, four German clubs are competing in the Champions League this term. How far can they go?

Bixente Lizarazu: The Bundesliga representatives have done very well in European football in recent years. I believe Bayern, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City will be the big guns in the competition this year, although Borussia Dortmund, Atletico and Juventus could have quite an impact and spring a surprise or two. Do you think all four Bundesliga sides will make the Champions League knock-out stages, as they did last year?

Lizarazu: That’s really difficult to tell, but Bayern and Dortmund are certainly both in with a very good chance. They have bigger squads than the likes of Leverkusen and Schalke and their players are a lot more experienced in international competitions. The fact that four teams made the last 16 last season shows that the Bundesliga has been doing well lately, although I’d still rate it a success if three sides went through. Bayern have a particularly tough task on their hands in their first game against English champions Manchester City...

Lizarazu: I’m really looking forward that one. I’m curious to see how Bayern will react to last term’s disappointing semi-final exit to Real Madrid. Will they be able to take Europe by storm again like they did the previous year? Will Pep Guardiola’s playing philosophy prove a success? I have a feeling Manchester City will be even stronger this year and could soon win the Champions League. Schalke, meanwhile, travel to Chelsea on Matchday 1. Do Jens Keller’s men have what it takes to upset the odds in London?

Lizarazu: I consider Chelsea to be one of the favourites to win the competition and they strengthened their squad well over the summer. Schalke face a tough test, as they’re up against a very experienced side.

Interview by Alexis Menuge