PACE, movement, fluidity, technique and finishing ability. When you have a four-pronged strike force that can threaten like Melbourne Victory, the best form of defence is attack. Especially when your key defenders are all out suspended.
Victory coach Ange Postecoglou is committed to the beautiful game and an offensive approach, but sometimes it tests the nerves of his team's supporters - as it did on Friday night when the Newcastle Jets fought to the last second after coming back from two goals behind to go down 3-2 in at AAMI Park.
Fortunately for Postecoglou, he has the prodigious young talent that is Marco Rojas at his disposal.
Rojas capped off another tremendous display with a spectacular second-half winner - his second goal of the night - after the Jets had clawed their way back into this contest to level at 2-2 with just over 15 minutes remaining.
In the end the result was about right, although Gary van Egmond's side will feel that any team that scores twice against Victory on its own ground is entitled to come away with something, especially as Nathan Coe had to pull off a sharp save from substitute Jets player Adam Taggart in the dying minutes.
With Adrian Leijer and Mark Milligan both suspended, most of the pre-match speculation had centred on how Postecoglou would solve his central defensive conundrum.
There was widespread incredulity at the notion that 169-centimetre midfielder Leigh Broxham would slot in at the heart of the defence alongside teenager Nick Ansell, who had played only two A-League games. Especially with the commanding physical presence of Emile Heskey leading the Jets' attack with Ryan Griffiths.
It was a bold gamble that paid off. But it was a close run thing.
While the Jets had a fair amount of possession and gave Victory a massive scare, Melbourne's makeshift rearguard did the job. Broxham belied his size disadvantage with a cool and polished performance and Ansell acquitted himself well.
If the second period showed how brittle Victory could be at the back - Ruben Zadkovich got the Jets back into contention with a long-range drive in the 64th minute and Heskey equalised in the 73rd - the first half served to illustrate the threat posed by Victory's Fab Four - Marcos Flores, Gui Finkler, Archie Thompson and Rojas - whenever the navy blues go forward.
The two South Americans, Argentinian Flores and Brazilian Finkler, play deeper roles but they are the orchestrators, along with screening midfielder Billy Celeski, of so much that is potent about this new-model Victory.
Finkler is an ever-available outlet roaming across the pitch, always finding a better-placed teammate.
Flores might not look as if he is that involved at times, but when the ball comes to him he puts a precision pass into the path of a teammate running into space.
So often that teammate is Thompson or Rojas.
Last season this pair often looked out of sorts and unhappy (Thompson) or lost and forlorn (Rojas) as they struggled to come to terms with the upheaval that wracked the club in the year of three coaches (Ernie Merrick, Mehmet Durakovic and Jim Magilton) and Harry Kewell.
Postecoglou acknowledged the roller coaster nature of the game - and the effect on supporters.
''Every club says they want to make their home ground a fortress, ours is becoming an amusement park with thrills every week.''
Under Postecoglou, there has been balance and harmony. Rojas, in particular, has flourished.
He looks confident and assertive and full of self-belief. He switches from right to left in cahoots with Thompson and teases and torments defenders with his technique.
Whereas last year he often crumbled under the weight of contact, now he skips the challenges and dances over tackles - as he did with aplomb to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute. Picking the ball up wide on the left the youngster dropped his shoulder, went around his marker and let fly with his right boot from well outside the penalty area with a shot that rose, dipped and carried too much weight for Jets keeper Mark Birighitti.
Thompson was not to be outdone. He finished off a terrific move, slotting home from a Rojas cross.
The Jets looked to have pulled off a tremendous recovery until Rojas struck again with a spectacular half-volley to restore the lead and give his side the three points that now takes it within four of league leader Central Coast.