Barcelona are in a different dimension to Real Madrid, claims Beckenbauer

Speaking ahead of the Bavarians' European clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday, the legendary defender admits that no-one can match the fluidity of Pep Guardiola's side
Bayern Munich great Franz Beckenbauer believes that although Real Madrid are a great team, they cannot be compared to their rivals Barcelona.

The former Germany defender, who won three consecutive European Cups with the German giants in the 1970s, spoke of their forthcoming opponents highly, but confessed that the current competition holders are on an entirely different wavelength.

"I have watched Real Madrid in the Champions League, and they only use standard equipment," Beckenbauer told Sky.

"They are a great team and work efficiently, but are just normal.

"Then there is the incredible dimension that Barcelona operate in."

Bayern meet Real Madrid on Tuesday at the Allianz Arena, with kick-off scheduled for 20:45CET.