The 10 best attacks in Europe in 2022-23: Bayern, PSG, City, Napoli…
The best attacking sides in Europe’s big five leagues feature some surprise names in among the usual suspects.
The likes of Manchester United and Newcastle United are enjoying excellent seasons but they don’t quite crack the top 10 of the top scorers across Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.
So which clubs do make the cut? We’ve taken a closer look at the 10 sides that have scored the most goals across the major European leagues in 2022-23 so far.
10. Borussia Dortmund – 44 goals
Dortmund tie Inter Milan, Tottenham and Rennes with 44 goals scored, but we’re sticking them in our top 10 due to the fewer games played.
Edin Terzic’s side tie Bayern Munich for points at the summit of the Bundesliga table, with six wins from six – and 19 goals scored – since the winter break.
9. Barcelona – 45 goals
Xavi hasn’t quite got Barcelona playing the irresistible tiki-taka of their glory years, but the La Liga table-toppers have been functional and difficult to stop.
It helps having a striker like Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 15 of their 45 goals. The Poland international is on track for yet another Golden Boot, after the seven he won in the Bundesliga.
However, it’s the supremely organised defence that is the foundation of Barcelona’s La Liga title charge.
8. Real Madrid – 46 goals
La Liga’s top-scoring side are only the eighth highest-scoring side in Europe’s big five leagues.
The reigning champions of Spain haven’t looked quite as imperious as they did last season, with talisman Karim Benzema often sidelined, but they’ve still scored a respectable total of 46 goals from just 22 La Liga outings.
7. Marseille – 48 goals
The Ligue 1 giants may have waved goodbye to Jorge Sampaoli in the summer but they continue to play some excellent front-foot football under his successor Igor Tudor.
It’s very much a team effort at Marseille, with a resurgent Alexis Sanchez their top scorer with just nine league goals, ahead of Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares on six.
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— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 13, 2022
6. Arsenal – 51 goals
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have been appointment viewing this season. They’ve scored 51 goals from 23 Premier League games and are well worth their place at the summit.
That front four of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus have been a joy to watch. Eddie Nketiah has also stepped up admirably following the injury to Jesus.
5. Monaco – 53 goals
Monaco are mounting an outside challenge for the Ligue 1 title this season and a large factor in that is their attack. Wissam Ben Yedder (14 goals) and Breel Embolo (12 goals) have a great thing going on up top.
In total, Monaco have scored 53 goals – only league leaders PSG have scored more in the French top flight.
4. Napoli – 56 goals
56 goals from 23 Serie A games. The story of the 2022-23 season so far. We bloody love this Napoli team.
3. PSG – 59 goals
To nobody’s surprise at all, PSG feature highly here.
The French champions haven’t been firing on all cylinders since Ligue 1 returned after the World Cup break, but Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were in frightening form in the early months of the campaign.
The front three account for 39 of PSG’s 59 goals this season. Mbappe has 15 league goals, Neymar 13 and Messi 11. The trio also have 23 assists between them.
2. Man City – 60 goals
Pep Guardiola’s sides have consistently been among Europe’s top-scoring sides since he first stepped into the Barcelona hot seat back in 2008.
This season is no exception. What is new is having a big powerful number nine taking up a large proportion of Man City’s goals. Erling Haaland is the frontrunner for the European Golden Shoe in 2022-23. The Norwegian has scored 26 of City’s 60 Premier League goals so far this season.
1. Bayern Munich – 61 goals
It’s extra impressive that Bayern feature in the top spot considering they’ve played fewer games than the rest
Julian Nagelsmann’s side have averaged over three goals a game in the German top flight this season, with 61(!) goals from just 21 league outings.
Not bad going considering they lost goal machine Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona in the summer. Jamal Musiala, Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Eric Choupo-Moting (yes, really) have all stepped up in his absence.