Real Madrid are "the best team of this generation" and could go all the way in the Champions League again this season, according to former European champion Mario Gomez.

Madrid claimed their 14th European crown in incredible fashion last term, overcoming Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in a series of dramatic knockout ties.

Having reached the final despite losing a game in the last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals, Los Blancos captured their fifth Champions League title in nine seasons by beating Liverpool 1-0 in Paris.

As Carlo Ancelotti's men prepare to face City in a repeat of last year's semi-final tie, former Bayern Munich striker Gomez described them as the "true beast" of Europe's premier club competition.

"With Real Madrid, over the last 10 years, how many times have we thought, 'it is over for them', and they just come back every time," Gomez said in an interview with the Go Turkiye YouTube channel.

"They are the true beast of the Champions League, absolutely unbelievable. 

"Since I was very little, I have been a Barcelona supporter, but I really enjoy this Real Madrid side.

"They believe until the last second, so, for me they are the best team of this generation.

"For that reason, I think that they will go really far. I don't know if they will win it, because football is unpredictable, but they can reach the final."


Turkey striker Cenk Tosun was speaking alongside Gomez, and having worked with Ancelotti during a stint in the Premier League with Everton, he believes the Italian could be set for more glory in Istanbul next month.

"It is always a special event to have the Champions League final here in Turkey," Tosun said. "Of course, Real Madrid is the winner of last season and a clear favourite. 

"They have the same manager as last year, Mr. Ancelotti. I worked with him at Everton and I really like him, he is a special person for me, so I would pick Real Madrid to win it."

Gomez appeared as a substitute as Bayern beat Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final, as part of a memorable treble won by Jupp Heynckes' team.

Reflecting on that win, Gomez said: "It was one of the most beautiful days in my life, because we were in the final one year before against Chelsea, and we lost [on penalties].

"To this day nobody knows how we lost that game. In 2012-13 we really had the power and energy to show people that it was our year, it was our time. 

"The final wasn't that good. Dortmund were as strong as us, if not better, but in the end, we got the trophy. When we got handed the trophy and lifted it in front of the fans, it was amazing.

"The four years I spent there were just incredible. There were so many special players in that team.

"I'll start with the two wingers. They were the stars and I was just the finisher. On the left-hand side we had Franck Ribery. 

"On the other wing, Arjen Robben. Totally different from Franck. He always wanted to finish. 

"With Arjen I always had to predict the keeper's movement, and if they saved his shot, I was there for the rebound. I scored many goals liked that!"


Manchester City played like a team ready to win the Champions League as they swatted aside Bayern Munich, according to Owen Hargreaves.

City beat Bayern 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie, with Pep Guardiola seeing off his former side to put one foot in the last four.

Guardiola and City have consistently come up short in the biggest moments in this competition since they first linked up in 2016.

There have been multiple collapses, while their only run to the final ended in defeat to current Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel, then in charge of Chelsea.

But Hargreaves, who played for both City and Bayern, saw something different in Tuesday's performance at the Etihad Stadium.

"That's how you win the Champions League," the former midfielder said on BT Sport. "They were absolutely brilliant.

"Defensively, that was a completely different Manchester City. They were flawless."

Ex-Bayern striker Mario Gomez, in his role on Prime Video, was similarly impressed by a City team who "have everything".

"They have a goalkeeper [Ederson] who suits this team perfectly, defenders where you can see they love to go into every duel," Gomez said.

"They have strategists who set the rhythm, one-on-one players on the wing who change every situation, and they have a killer up front [Erling Haaland] who scores goals out of nothing and then even hits wonderful crosses.

"I think if Bayern don't manage the miracle in the second leg, we've seen the Champions League winners today. This team can also suffer – they have everything."

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