Christoph Metzelder has opined that Real Madrid is more concerned with Bayern Munich than the Bavarians are of their Spanish counterparts.
The two clubs will go head to head in Tuesday's Champions League semifinal first-leg encounter at the Allianz Arena, with the German outfit boasting a distinctly better track record.
Bayern has won 10 of the 18 competitive fixtures between the two sides over their history, earning the nickname 'La Bestia Negra' (the Black Beast, a term to describe their most-feared adversary) from Blancos fans. And Metzelder feels that the historic head-to-head record between the clubs has supporters of the Spanish giants a little worried.
"I think Real Madrid have more respect for Bayern than vice versa," he told Goal.com. "In Madrid, the Muncheners are not called 'Bestia Negra' for nothing.
"The downside for Bayern is that the second leg is in Madrid. I played there for years and can say from experience that Real can win impossible games there."
Metzelder was full of praise for the club where he played from 2007 to 2010, and even claimed that Jose Mourinho's side have a better squad than Liga rivals Barcelona.
"Real Madrid are of course one of the most star-studded teams in the world. Maybe even better than Barca if you consider the bench."
The 31-year-old then singled out Cristiano Ronaldo for recognition as he hailed the Portuguese attacker's ability to turn matches around on his own.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is an absolute superstar. He is the one that everyone looks to to decide the game."
Bayern hosts Madrid in the first leg of their semifinal clash on Tuesday, with kick-off scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET. The return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu will be held on April 25.