Bayern-Juventus tie is 50-50, says Kohler

The 1990 World Cup-winner admitted he is hoping the German side can come out on top, and expressed his admiration for the work of former team-mate Antonio Conte
Former Germany defender Jurgen Kohler believes the Champions League tie between Bayern Munich and Juventus is too close to call.

The 47-year-old, who played for both clubs during his distinguished career, admitted that he would be supporting the Bundesliga side on Tuesday, though he feels the Italian champions' recent results will put them in a confident mood.

"Although I played for four years for Juventus and only two for Bayern, I will be rooting for the German team when I watch the match on Tuesday," he told TZ.

"I would rate their chances of progressing as fifty-fifty.

"Clearly Juventus have to take into account the 9-2 win for Bayern against Hamburg, but the Turin side are themselves leaders in Italy and after the 2-1 win at Inter Milan travel to Munich with a very broad chest.

"And with Antonio Conte, who was once a team-mate of mine at Juventus, the club has a coach who does a huge job."

Kohler also spoke of his belief that Juventus can already consider this season a success after reaching the last eight of Europe's premier club competition for the first time since 2006.

He added: "By the end of last year, Juventus remained 49 league matches unbeaten. That shows how much my former club is making a comeback.

"Juve has had a difficult period since 2006 when they were relegated to Serie B. Reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League can therefore be seen to be a success."