Franz Beckenbauer claims that Bayern Munich are currently on "another footballing level" after watching the European champions seal their place in the final of the Club World Cup with a 3-0 win over Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday.
Franck Ribery, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Gotze were all on target for Pep Guardiola's men, who also hit the woodwork on four separate occasions.
Beckenbauer was full of praise for Bayern, who are bidding to win their fifth trophy of 2013.
"I believe the opponents are better than they showed but Bayern are simply on another footballing level," the Germany legend told reporters in Agadir.
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm was similarly enthused by his side's performance against Guangzhou, who had only lost four previous games this year.
"We're determined to win the title but we're going to enjoy the experience, especially if we pick up the trophy on Saturday [against either Atletico Mineiro or Raja Casablanca]," the versatile full-back stated.
"What's great is that we're playing in a tournament that none of us have played in yet. That makes it special."