Melbourne Victory and Kevin Muscat have been studying football powerhouse Real Madrid up close and personal after accepting an invitation from Rafael Benitez to attend a training session.
Having served an apprenticeship as an assistant to Ange Postecoglou, the former captain of the A-League side has made a smooth transition to the touchline since swapping his boots for a stopwatch and clipboard, winning the A-League double in his first full season as a head coach.
Nevertheless, the 41-year-old is always keen to gain more knowledge and couldn't refuse the chance to go and watch Benitez, who won La Liga with Valencia and the UEFA Champions League at Liverpool, put the star-studded visitors through their paces last week.
"We had the opportunity as a staff to go and watch Real Madrid train," Muscat said at a promotional event on Sunday.
"We had been invited by Mr Benitez. We're hopeful of getting out to watch Roma as well. It's a good experience, a good learning experience for us."
Manchester City are also coming to Melbourne to compete in the Australian edition of the International Champions Cup, which got off to a slow start with a 0-0 draw between Madrid and Roma on Saturday night.
Penalty kicks were needed to settle the friendly in favour of the Serie A outfit in front of more than 80,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Muscat was among the spectators who braved the cold to watch the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Francesco Totti prepare for the 2015-16 campaign.
And the former Australia international has tipped the quality of football to improve when Roma face City on Tuesday night, followed by Madrid clash with the Premier League side three days later.
"I went last night (Saturday)," he said.
"I'm going to go to all the games. It's great that we're in a position where we can attract these big clubs to our country.
"I think as the games go on, Tuesday night and Friday night, I think the football will get a lot better. What we've got to understand is they're at the very early stages of their pre-season.
"I think it was a good opportunity for us to see some world-class players."