Top five: Passing teams in Europe (1)

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Barcelona have set the bar when it comes to possession football over the past few years, thanks to their tiki taka passing approach which has allowed them to dominate their opponents, both domestically and in Europe.

It will come as no surprise then, to see the Spanish champions finish top of the pile, when looking at the number of passes made across Europe's top five leagues in 2012/13.

Tito Vilanova's side attempted 27,932 passes in La Liga last season, which is more than 7,000 more than Arsenal - who ranked second with 20,762 - and ahead of Bundesliga and Champions League winners Bayern Munich in third place, with 19,868.

Just behind them came Manchester City (19,769), followed by Swansea (19,589), meaning three of the top five teams in Europe came from the Premier League, which incidentally ranked second best of the top five leagues in Europe based on pass completion, with a 80.5 per cent success rate.

Serie 'A' topped that poll with 81.5 per cent, while Ligue 1 claimed third spot with 78.6 per cent. The Bundesliga is the fourth best division with 78.3 per cent, and La Liga as a whole finished in fifth place with 77.8 percent.

But what about individual teams and their level of passing accuracy, I hear you ask? Attempting a high number of passes is all well and good, though the difference between a good, and great team, is one that not only tries to play football the right way, but does so with success.

Propping up the pile of clubs across the top five leagues in Europe with the WORST completed pass percentage is Levante (68.9%), Osasuna (69%), Stoke City (70.3%), Reading (70.7%) and Espanyol (71.8%).

Click through the tabs to find out which five teams are at the other end of the scale, with the BEST passing accuracy of all teams across Europe's top five leagues - in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France - and feel free to leave a comment with any surprise omissions below!


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