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The Argentine believes that his former employers are "a monstrously big club" and believes that they have a "50-50" chance of knocking Los Blancos out of Europe

Martin Demichelis has conceded that La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are "a cut above" every other side in the world, but claimed that Bayern Munich are the best of the rest.

Los Blancos will lock horns with the Bavarians at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night in the first leg of a Champions League semi-final tie which the Argentine feels brings together two of the game's genuine superpowers.

"I agree that the Madrid and Barcelona are a cut above the rest," Demichelis told MARCA. "But Bayern are in the top three both in terms of football and as an institution.

"It's like a family, even though it is a monstrously big club."

Demichelis, of course, spent seven years in Munich before moving to Malaga and he freely admits that he will be rooting for his former employers against Madrid.

"I will not be hypocritical, it is normal for me to want them to win," he told MARCA. "I'm not cheering for Real!

"I'm a Bayern man and I know that Bayern have a great desire to get through because the final is at the Allianz and also because we lost against Inter at the Bernabeu [in the 2010 final].

"What it is also clear to me is that this is a tie which will be unbelievable tight. It's 50-50, though after the first game it will obviously be tilted more in favour of one side or the other."

Bayern's meeting with Madrid in Munich gets underway at 20.45CET.

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