Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is expecting a tough Champions League opener against Bayer Leverkusen this evening - and has revealed his admiration for German football.
The 39-year-old, who has made more appearances in Europe than any other Manchester United player, has been impressed by the recent performances of German clubs in the Champions League, as well as the numerous talented young players that have emerged from the country's youth ranks.
“They will be a tough test, that’s for sure,” Giggs told United Review. “German football is on a real high at the moment and last season’s final, with two German teams at Wembley, proves that.
“Bayern Munich have been terrific for a long time now and then the emergence of Dortmund has been really exciting. They play the game with so much energy and make life really difficult for you. A lot of people were blown away by them last season.
“At the moment, Germany has a lot of good young players coming through and a good national team that’s not only getting results but performing well and playing attractive football.”
Bayern Munich were crowned European champions in May after a series of impressive performance en route to their Champions League final victory over Borussia Dortmund - and now hope to become the first team to retain the trophy in its modern format under new coach Pep Guardiola.
United, meanwhile, are poised to play their first Champions League match under the management of David Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson this summer.
The Red Devils currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, while Leverkusen occupy third place in the Bundesliga.