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5 most potent attacking lines in the top European leagues

Robin Bairner
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24.38K   //    27 Sep 2017, 00:09 IST

The Napoli trio
The Napoli trio

While it is not the only way to win a football match, there is nothing quite like seeing an attacking team in full flow.

Europe is blessed with a number of terrific attacking sides this season, to such an extent that some of the best, such as Monaco and Borussia Dortmund do not even make this shortlist.

Indeed, of the five teams who are ranked, only one is the defending champion of their country, highlighting the fact that exciting football does not always guarantee results.

5. Napoli

They might not be Italy’s finest club, but they are set to make a challenge for the title this season thanks to a prodigious offensive line, led by the apparently unstoppable Dries Mertens.

Last term, Napoli scored an astonishing 94 goals in Serie A – more than any team in the division and 17 more than champions Juventus. They were, and remain, a thrilling attacking force.

Mertens is the man who best epitomises them. Over the course of the last year, he has gone goal crazy, finding the net at the rate of more than one-per-match since last November. Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon have proved fine foils.

Another serious knee injury to Arkadiusz Milik, his second in as many years, promises to cause them problems in terms of depth for the months ahead.

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Robin Bairner
UK-based freelance football journalist for the last decade, I've appeared in publications such as the Guardian, the Blizzard, When Saturday Comes, but can most frequently be found on I write about European football, and have worked at both World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016.
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