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3 most creative teams in Europe so far

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20 Feb 2019, 15:08 IST

ACF Fiorentina v SSC Napoli - Serie A
ACF Fiorentina v SSC Napoli - Serie A

Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, and Manchester City are known as the clubs with the best attack in Europe. However, a club that could create many opportunities could also be considered dangerous. Interestingly so far, those aforementioned clubs do not even make the list of top 3 clubs creating the most chances in Europe.

Many people did not notice that the most creative clubs were coming from a league like Serie A as the Italian league is always known as a defensive-minded league. However, it has got many creative players like Lorenzo Insigne and Miralem Pjanic, who could be considered one of Europe's most creative players.

Now we will take a look at 3 teams from the big 5 European Leagues that have created the most number of chances per match in the season so far:

#3 – Hoffenheim (13.6 key passes per game)

Liverpool FC v 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round: Second Leg
Liverpool FC v 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round: Second Leg

Hoffenheim now sit eighth on the Bundesliga table – 5 places down from the previous season when they secured a Champions League spot. However, they are still one of the best scoring teams in the Bundesliga, thanks to their prowess to create numerous chances for their attackers.

Kerem Demirbay has been the critical factor for Hoffenheim in making them one of the most creative teams in Europe. The Germany midfielder amasses 3.2 key passes per game and has assisted his teammates 4 times.

Hoffenheim also have a creative defender like Nico Schulz, who has created 2 key passes on average and has bagged 3 assists in the league so far.


#2 – Juventus (14.1 key passes per game)

Juventus v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A
Juventus v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A

Juventus are becoming one of the favourites to win the Champions League because of their lethal attacks. They have got Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not just a goal-scoring powerhouse but is now also the player with the most assists at the club. Apart from Ronaldo, Juve also have some excellent playmakers like Dybala and Pjanic.

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Pjanic is known as one of the best midfielders in Serie A and is becoming the key that makes Juventus one of the most creative teams in Europe. He has been creating an average of 2.5 key passes per game.

Dybala, meanwhile, is doing well with his playmaking abilities, though his goal amount dropped significantly in recent times. The Argentinian has provided 2.3 key passes and assisted4 times in the league so far. The great link between Dybala, Pjanic, and Ronaldo is the reason why Juventus have managed to make so many opportunities in a game.


#1 – Napoli (15.4 key passes per game)

SSC Napoli v Torino FC - Serie A
SSC Napoli v Torino FC - Serie A

Many believed that Napoli will not be as dangerous as last season as they lost Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho. Fortunately, Carlo Ancelotti is now doing well and has maintained Napoli’s sharpness.

They may not be the team with the most goals in Serie A but they are surprisingly the most creative side in Europe so far. Many Napoli players provide an average of 1 key passes per game, with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon becoming their major contributing factor.

With Insigne and Callejon, Ancelloti has already got 2 very creative wingers on both flanks who have provided 2.3 key passes per game.

stats source: whoscored.com

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