Real Madrid have such an expensively-assembled array of elite-level attackers that they cannot help but enthrall those in the industry yet, while the assumption that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would be most attracted to the tiki-taka passing style of Barcelona due to his own evolution of that possession tactic - Wengerball - the Frenchman has explained that Los Blancos are up there when it comes to his own personal admiration.
When the initial draw for the Champions League quarterfinal was made in Nyon, Switzerland, the Real versus Borussia Dortmund game was adjudged to be a mismatch, however, Real have lost two in their last three and while this may have a psychological impact, Wenger also believes there is "tension: between the core members of Real's attack.
"In the defeat against Sevilla we saw some tension between the 'BBC' of [Karim] Benzema, [Gareth] Bale and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for the first time - Ronaldo seemed frustrated," the Frenchman is quoted to have said by Eurosport. "The pressure is so high all the time on these players that if things don't go as they wish, they can suffer. It’s true that it’s a remarkable trio though; Benzema is having a great season.
"Real are one of the European teams I like watching the most," he said. "They are really interesting in the way they develop their game, and the speed with which they get the ball forward once they have it.
"The BBC are only three players but they always seem faster than the defence. They trust each other, nobody interferes, and there is a really nice level of comprehension between them. The key quality of a good striker is his capacity to anticipate. He is in the right place at the right time a bit before the defence, he understands what's going on faster and I think Benzema has these qualities."
Real's success is not solely because of their three-man attack, but aided also by the men behind, in midfield. Wenger said: "With players like Xabi Alonso, [Luka] Modric and [Angel] Di Maria in midfield too, it means Real can cause problems as soon as they get the ball.
"Dortmund are capable of qualifying but Real are the favourites for me," he concluded."