Degen: Bayern can beat Real Madrid and Barcelona

After seeing his side trounced on Tuesday, the Basel full-back feels the German giants can overcome any team, although he admitted the Catalans would pose a tough task
By Maximilian Bensinger

Basel defender Philipp Degen has hailed Bayern Munich for their performance in Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash.

The Bavarians were 7-0 winners over the Swiss visitors, and broke the record for greatest margin of victory in the knock-out stages of Europe's elite club tournament.

"Bayern were very good today, actually, they were outstanding," Degen told

When asked whether Jupp Heynckes' men have what it takes to reach the final, the full-back asserted that the Bundesliga side have a chance, although if they are drawn with Barcelona, progression will be a tall order.

"It's certainly possible. Bayern are capable of beating any team. Only Barcelona could be quite difficult, but even they are beatable."

However, Degen is confident that if needed, Bayern would overcome Real Madrid, assuming the Spanish side achieve progression in Wednesday's second-leg match against CSKA Moscow.

"Bayern can take them down. Today they performed outstandingly. With such performances, you can go very far."

Bayern will learn their quarter-finals opponents during Friday's draw in Nyon.