By Guus Hetterscheid
Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar says that he would relish the chance to see Bayern Munich face Real Madrid in this season's Champions League.
Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in their quarter-final tie after demolishing Schalke in the last 16, while Bayern will face Manchester United after seeing off Arsenal 3-1 on aggregate.
Huntelaar, who played for Los Blancos in 2009 and scored a sublime volley against them in his side's 9-2 aggregate loss this season, believes that a meeting between Pep Guardiola's men and Carlo Ancelotti's Spanish giants would be thrilling.
"It's hard to say who's better," he told Goal, "but I think the midfield of Bayern is stronger then the one of Real.
"It would be exciting to see them battle in the Champions League - Real is very quick with counterattacks and Bayern always want to dominate the game - but they first have to deal with Dortmund and Man United."
Bayern clinched the Bundesliga title in record time with their 3-1 win over Hertha on Tuesday and Huntelaar admits that the Bavarians fully deserved their title - although he feels that their transfer policy of signing players from their rivals has been an important aspect of their success.
"Bayern deserved the championship, that's clear. They have won so many games and with a lot of goals," he said. "They play a very attacking style and their movement over the pitch is great. That makes them great. And also they have the possibilities to get the best players from other German clubs.
"No, I won't send a text message to Arjen [Robben]. I will congratulate him when we see each other at the [Netherlands] national team. I am not surprised that Bayern are champions. They are by far the best team this season in the Bundesliga."
Huntelaar played in Schalke's 0-0 derby draw with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday but the 30-year-old believes that Spain's Clasico remains the finest rivalry in the game.
"Every derby is special, especially the atmosphere on the stands," added the former Ajax striker. "Every culture has its own way of showing passion. AC Milan v Inter was the most 'explosive' atmosphere, a real Mediterranean temper.
"In Germany there is also a lot of emotion, just like in Spain, but over there there are always a lot of families in the stadium.
"But the Clasico is very special because of the atmosphere. I watched that game on Sunday [Barcelona's 4-3 win]. I was supporting Real but I also just enjoyed the football. I watched as football fan. It was a great game."