Revealing Europe’s ten most prolific attacking trios…

Date published: Friday 17th January 2020 8:15

These numbers include league goals and Champions League/Europa League goals for clubs in the top five leagues…

 

10) Lazio – 33 (Immobile 22, Correa 7, Milinkovic-Savic 4)
Lazio have quietly pulled themselves into third and clear of the chasing pack in Italy thanks to a remarkable run of ten straight victories punctuated by 11 goals from Ciro Immobile, who has already hit 20 league goals this season to take his Lazio Serie A record to a barely believable 87 goals in 123 games. Not bad for a player largely derided as a journeyman outside Italy. Lazio make this ‘trios’ list but basically, Immobile is the Paul Weller of this Italian Jam.

 

9) Manchester United – 33 (Rashford 15, Martial 10, Greenwood 8)
Quite the rise from 20th on this list at the end of last season, with the ‘senior’ men hitting some remarkable form while Mason Greenwood has broken through and somehow found himself on the verge of an England call-up. The negative slant is that they have scored 73.3% of United’s goals as the midfield is nowhere close to being creatively functional, but that could all change with the signing of Bruno Fernandes.

 

8) Liverpool – 34 (Salah 14, Mane 13, Firmino 7)
After scoring the goal that beat Tottenham on Saturday night, Roberto Firmino’s first thought was to apologise to Jurgen Klopp for not scoring more. “That’s not what I wanted to say,” said a grinning Klopp, who is more than happy with the Brazilian’s shyness in front of goal given the form of his champions-elect. They may not have been quite as devastating in attack this season – Firmino in particular has struggled in Europe – but Sadio Mane and Mo Salah both managed to force their way into the Ballon d’Or top five. Not bad.

 

7) Tottenham – 34 (Kane 17, Son 10, Alli 7)
Genuinely surprising, this. It has rarely felt like a fully functioning attack this season – either under Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho – but they have benefited from playing Red Star Belgrade twice in the Champions League. Remember when Dele Alli was back, back, back under Jose? He has now scored just once in his last seven games and Spurs are back to struggling for goals without the injured Harry Kane. It will only get harder when Christian Eriksen leaves…

 

6) Inter Milan – 34 (Lukaku 16, Martinez 15, Sensi 3)
Whether you think Romelu Lukaku’s goals embarrass Manchester United is a matter of personal opinion but it’s true that the Belgian is thriving in Milan alongside Lautaro Martinez, who has understandably attracted admiring glances from Manchester City and from Spain. Alexis Sanchez? Antonio Conte is not crazy enough to start him. Or even to resist the urge to sign Olivier Giroud.

 

5) RB Leipzig – 36 (Werner 21, Sabitzer 8, Forsberg 7)
The Bundesliga leaders are also the Bundesliga top scorers, largely thanks to the irrepressible Timo Werner, who has scored 12 goals in his last eight league games. There is talk of him joining either Manchester United or Liverpool (or Real Madrid) and Leipzig already have their replacement in Patrik Schick, a Czech striker who has scored four goals in his last five games. But first…their maiden appearance in the Champions League knock-out stages and a battle for a first Bundesliga title.

 

4) Barcelona – 37 (Messi 15, Suarez 14, Griezmann 8)
The manager has gone because this Barcelona side should have been so much better. And Antoine Griezmann really should have done so, so much better. Quique Setien is already said to be planning formation changes to get the Frenchman more central; that has inadvertently been made easier by long-term injury to Luis Suarez. When Lionel Messi only scores once in four games, you know you have a problem. He scored 48 goals alone last season.

 

3) Manchester City – 44 (Sterling 16, Aguero 15, Jesus 13)
Sergio Aguero is nothing short of incredible and has reached that figure of 15 in just 19 games of a season blighted by injury. Gabriel Jesus is just behind but really should have scored more, while Raheem Sterling is top scorer despite a relatively poor run of form after a blistering start. Right now, it’s Riyad Mahrez who is undroppable.

 

2) Paris St Germain – 44 (Mbappe 18, Icardi 14, Neymar 12)
Yes it’s France. But Neymar has scored 12 in 13, Kylian Mbappe 18 in 19 and Mauro Icardi a sluggish 14 in 19. We are very giddy to see whether that trio – and Angel Di Maria – can turn it on in the latter stages of the Champions League. Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani would be a perfect short-term solution for Manchester United. Though maybe they no longer need a solution…

 

1) Bayern Munich – 46 (Lewandowski 29, Gnabry 10, Coutinho 7)
Scoring 24 goals in six Champions League games has inflated these numbers from Bayern Munich, who still trail in the Bundesliga table. What’s become clear in recent weeks is that Bayern thrive when they can get this trio on the same pitch. Let’s face it, they could utterly murder Chelsea next month. And that’s before the likely summer signings of Kai Havertz and Leroy Sane…

 

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