No, not The Jam.
This week we'll be looking at some of the more entertaining teams in the Premier League era.
That doesn't necessarily mean the best, the ones that won the most games, most league titles, but the ones where you would actually watch the game as a football fan and enjoy it. Even as a Chelsea fan myself, you'll see some of the teams would pain me to admit, but they played entertaining football.
A lot of this will be focused around attacking football, because lets face it, although we all like a clean sheet, we would rather win 10-9 and walk away smiling, than a nervy 1-0 win.
Feel free to join in, comment and let me know which teams you found most entertaining to watch. Let‘s see if we can get a discussion going!
Man City 2017-18
This is the team that managed to smash 106 goals in a season, an average of 2.8 per game. Its a damn good side to be able to keep that up over a full season. But it was the way they played the football, making it look effortless. Kevin De Bruyne is and was the standout performer in a star studded lineup but he is the man that makes it all work. The pace and force at which they attack, they have Aguero, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling and throwing Leroy Sane into that mix, they're all running at you, all very pacey players, moving the ball into spaces that aren't even there yet for a runner is crazy. Its too much for a lot of defenses to cope with and its no wonder they did go on to win the League that season. They were a joy to watch, the way we all dream of our teams playing, and what we want to achieve when we open Football Manager.
Now, a lot of people would probably pick a first time Mourinho team, but would it be entertaining? No. It would be efficient, but not entertaining. That first Mourinho season saw 11 victories by 1-0.
I would put the Ancelotti title winning side above any Mourinho side at Chelsea (or any Mourinho side at all).
This season saw a prime Didier Drogba, a rejuvinated Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda, the best season of Joe Cole's career and the ever faithful Lampard and Terry. They also had one of the best Premier League free transfers in Michael Ballack. Goals were going in for fun, and the best way to sum it up was, although the title was taken to the last day Chelsea just needed to better or equal Man United's result. They won 4-0 against Stoke, but Chelsea saw that and said 'whatever you can do, we can do better' as they put 8 past Wigan and started the party on the pitch.
No, not the Arsenal 'Invincibles'. Lets face it, they weren't entertaining for the whole season were they? Yes they stormed to the League Title with an unplayable Thierry Henry scoring 30 league goals, but as soon as they saw the end in sight for the undefeated season and the title was in the bag, then they were happy with draws, drawing 4 out of the last 7 games. No side should be happy with a draw, especially at the top end of the table.
The Arsenal team of 2001-02 was a better side, and would have beat the ‘Invincibles’ team had they been able to go head to head. They had prime Thierry Henry, one of the greatest strikers to ever grace our shores and how can you not find a team with Thierry Henry entertaining? They had Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg, Ray Parlour and the man who did things people had never seen before, Dennis Bergkamp. What an unbelievable player he was. He had the best first touch and the quality of him and this team could be summed up by THAT goal against Newcastle.
Man United 2007-08
Again, a team that was a joy to watch. They had Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez up front and what more needs to be said than that?
Everything Rooney touched was going in, Tevez was in his first season at Man United after his switch from West Ham and Ronaldo was well on his way to becoming the best player on the planet. He wasn’t the young boy Ferguson signed, he was The Man. These 3 scored 79 goals and contributed 29 assists between them. This team was unbelievable, they looked like scoring every time they went forward. They won the League and Champions League (after a Drogba Red card and a penalty shoot-out slip, not bitter at all) and were arguably a Sylvain Distain block away from beating Portsmouth in the FA Cup 6th round and potentially going on to win a treble.
Keegan would LOVE IT....LOVE IT if we mentioned this team. And they were a good team, maybe on this occasion the team was good enough to win the League, I think the Ferguson mind games got to Keegan and he lost his head.
This team had some Frenchman called David Ginola, even L’Oreal asked if he was worth it, but he was one of the first flair playmakers in the Premier League and changed the style of Newcastle’s football, a generation of ‘Sexy Football’. They had Peter Beardsley and Les Ferdinand scoring the goals and Rob Lee and Keith Gillespie the work horse, keeping things ticking over from midfield.
It would be too easy to pick a Jurgen Klopp Liverpool side. But in my opinion this Liverpool team was more entertaining to watch, mostly for the right reason, they played some good football, a young Raheem Sterling teamed up with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, a formidable front 3. Add into the mix Coutinho and Steven Gerrard and you have some amazing quality attacking football to watch. They slipped up in the title race...sorry...but came agonisingly close. Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge scored 61 league goals between them and always popped up with goals at the right time.
Other times you watched them just for Suarez, he’s one of those players that you hate when he’s against you, but if he was on your team you’d love him. I remember him diving in front of David Moyes at the Merseyside Derby after he accused him of going down to easy. And everybody remembers him sinking his teeth into opponents...multiple times. It was the unknown excitement of what he would do next, the brilliant to the ridiculous that you’d watch it for.
Let me know in the comments below your favourite and most entertaining teams!