Germany and Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus told Soccer Laduma in his latest column why he believes the Bavarians are the favourites for their UEFA Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Matthaus, who lifted more than 20 trophies during his professional career – but never the Champions League – now regularly addresses South African football fans in our monthly Bundesliga column.
In his latest offering, the 57-year-old wrote about the return fixture between Bayern and Liverpool after the first leg ended in a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
"I said at the beginning of the season that Liverpool are my favourites to win the competition. They have a very strong squad," he wrote in Soccer Laduma, issue 1114.
"But the momentum has shifted and is perhaps speaking for Bayern. They have more balance in their game now, something they struggled with in the first half of the campaign. They are now scoring and defending well again.
"At Anfield, they showed that they can defend at a high level, while against Borussia Monchengladbach (5-1) and Wolfsburg (6-0), they have shown how good they are going forward.
"Bayern climbed to the top, while Liverpool lost the top spot last week to Manchester City.
"These are all points which speak in favour of the German side and make them dream to advance against Liverpool."
You can read the 1990 FIFA World Cup winner and Germany legend's complete column, as well as an exclusive interview with Croatia and TSG Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric, in this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1114.