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Ranked! Manchester City Headlines the 5 Best Attacks in Europe This Season
- Manchester City leads the way as the top attacking force in Europe this season
- Notable absentees across Europe's top five leagues are Real Madrid and Barcelona
- Sports Brief has ranked the five best attacks in Europe from the 2022-23 campaign
The purpose of the beautiful game is to score goals - it's what brings spectators up from their seats and results in points for the team.
It's also the most difficult task. As a result, the top teams in the world are always those that are most adept at putting the ball in the back of the net.
Here is the lowdown of the best-attacking teams across Europe's top five leagues from this season:
5. Borussia Dortmund - 103 goals
Dortmund's perfect blend of young talents and experienced players ultimately failed to earn them silverware but they were never short in terms of their eye-pleasing brand of football.
Despite painfully missing out on ending Bayern Munich's dominance in the Bundesliga on the last day, Edin Terzic's men will take the consolation prize of being named among the best attacks in Europe's top five leagues, per Playmaker Stats.
The Yellow and Blacks scored a staggering 83 goals in 34 matches in the German top flight, averaging at least two goals per game.
Moreover, they churned out 11 goals in a relatively dry UEFA Champions League campaign while netting seven times in the DFB Pokal.
4. Arsenal - 103 goals
The Gunners came so close to ending their 20-year wait for the Premier League title after leading the pack for two-thirds of the season, only for Manchester City to up the ante at the business end of the campaign and knock the proverbial elephant from the tree.
Arsenal's position on the list is largely due to their near-perfect first-round performance, where they looked near-invincible. Nonetheless, it proved to be a case of much ado about nothing.
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The respite from such an agonising campaign is the fact that Champions League football has been restored at the Emirates after a brief hiatus.
Led by a fearsome attack comprising Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and Gabriel Jesus, with support from Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard, Mikel Arteta's men notched 88 goals in 38 Premier League matches.
They also netted 11 times in the Europa League while scoring four goals across the domestic competitions in England: the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
3. PSG - 120 goals
Paris Saint-Germain deserves a higher position on this list, especially considering the downright absurd front three they assembled a couple of seasons ago, consisting of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar Junior.
Despite the challenges faced by his teammates, Mbappe has maintained remarkable form, having already scored 41 goals this season across all competitions.
Les Parisiens fired 89 goals en route to winning a record 11th Ligue 1 crown.
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They also made their presence felt in Europe, bagging 16 goals in the Champions League before ending at the last 16 stage, before netting 15 goals across domestic competitions under Christophe Galtier.
Unfortunately, Messi will not be part of the team next season after the club announced his departure.
2. Bayern Munich - 134 goals
In terms of goal-scoring prowess, the recently crowned champions of Germany have outperformed all other teams in the top-five European leagues this season, bar Manchester City.
Under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel, who replaced Julian Nagelsmann in April, Bayern scooped home a record-extending 11th successive Bundesliga crown, with FC Hollywood netting a staggering 92 goals in 34 matches.
This remarkable achievement translates to an average of 2.7 goals per game.
Despite the absence of Polish goal wizard Robert Lewandowski, Bayern still churned out goals in rampant fashion - netting 22 times in the Champions League while producing 15 goals in the DFB Pokal in conjunction with five in the German Super Cup.
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1. Manchester City - 150 goals
No prizes for guessing the best attack in Europe. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have literally swept everything in their way en route to an unprecedented treble this season, should they add Inter Milan to their victim list.
The Citizens have condemned every club to oblivion, and despite boasting arguably the most prolific striker in Europe - Erling Haaland - in their roster, it is the wide range of threats possessed by Guardiola's team that renders them an exceptionally formidable prospect.
According to Opta Joe, the blue half of Manchester has produced a staggering 150 goals across all competitions - scoring a whopping 94 goals in 38 games to win the Premier League while producing similar goods in the Champions League, rattling the back of the net 31 times with one game to spare.
Additionally, 19 goals in the build-up to their FA Cup success, coupled with five in the Carabao Cup and one in the Community Shield, takes their total tally to a dizzying 150 strikes.