Counter attacking in football is always a great spectacle to watch. The pace, the intensity and the slick passes in the build-up is a treat to watch during the games. Counter attacking is when the team takes the attack into opposition when they are being attacked. Only a few teams play counter-attack at their best. In this article, we shall see the five best counter attacking teams in Europe.
Amongst the teams across Europe, there are teams with absolute pace in them to complete a transition from defense to attack. May it be Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Draxler in Paris St Germain or Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United who can facilitate their team to complete the attack and even find the back of the net.
Here are our five best counter attacking teams in Europe:
Which are the five best counter attacking teams in Europe?
1) Manchester United
Who does not across Europe know how big threat a Manchester United’s counter attack threat is? Back in the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, Red Devils played an organized counter-attacks that destroyed the opposition. During Fergie’s period, the Red Devils had scintillating pace batteries and line-break pass providers.
On the current day, Manchester United have returned to attacking football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after dry periods under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Manchester United scored 73 goals despite conceding 44 and maintained the away run intact.
2) Leeds United
Leeds United, one of the prominent sides in English football during the early 2000s, got relegated to the Championship and struggled to get back to the top-flight. Then, the Elland Road outfit decided to bring Marcelo Bielsa as the manager. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are almost on the verge of getting promotion in the 2018/19 season only to see them miss out. However, he got the team back on to the top-flight after 16 years.
The team has a pace battery in the Premier League and has players who are on a relentless run. They never stop from running on the pitch and ignite the attack. They are on the five best counter attacking teams in Europe.
3) Real Madrid
The Spanish outfits are known for their passing as well as pressing football. However, Real Madrid also have one more dimension that helps them to remain steady in the Spanish top-flight. They have the agile players like Kareem Benzema, Eden Hazard and Vinicius Jr who can complete the transition from attack to defense.
They have averaged close to 70 goals every season. In the ongoing 2021/22 season, under Carlo Ancelotti, they already have 21 goals in the Spanish top-flight in just six games.
4) Bayern Munich
In the German top-flight, despite the initial race to the title, there is only one team that eventually ends as winners. In the past three seasons, they have scored 88 goals, 100 goals and 99 goals respectively which completely underlines their dominance. Moreover, the team has come out of the direst of situations in the game when the opposition was all over them.
The team has employed the attacking manager and with prolific goalscorers like Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller, the numbers are set to rise in the coming seasons.
5) Inter Milan
Under Antonio Conte, Inter Milan broke the record of Juventus and won the Serie A title. Under Antonio Conte, the team definitely played defensive football. But were a counter-attacking threat as well. Romelu Lukaku and Insigne were key players who formed the counter-attack.
In the 2020/21 season, under Antonio Conte, Nerazzuris scored 89 goals and conceded just 35 goals. Even in the ongoing season, despite the absence of Romelu Lukaku, They have already scored 18 goals in five games.