Chelsea gave a counter-attacking masterclass on Monday night as they tore Manchester City apart at the Etihad.
The fast-moving attacking trio of Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Eden Hazard caused the City back-line no end of problems as they broke with will and purpose.
In the wake of Chelsea’s supreme counter-attacking performance against City, we take a look at the best four counter-attacking teams in Europe.
4. Aston Villa
Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been victims of Aston Villa’s prowess at counter attacking this season.
In Gabby Agbonlahor, Andy Weimann, Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, Villa possess sheer pace, power and energy to hurt any team on the counter.
The one problem Villa has is that despite their ability to switch from defence to attack in a split second, they don’t win enough games - the reason they are least successful team on this list.
Fernando Torres once controversially said his Chelsea team mates were too slow, but at the moment, all his attack-inclined colleagues seem to be faster than El Nino himself – how things change quickly in football.
Since Eden Hazard’s big money move to London, there has been a whole new dynamic about how Chelsea attack.
Most recently, Chelsea put on a counter-attacking masterclass against Manchester City.
The pace and energy of Willian and Ramires coupled with Hazard’s brilliance on the ball ensured London toppled Manchester on the day.
2. Borussia Dortmund
They may no longer be a threat to Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title this year, but Dortmund are still undoubtedly an extremely devastating team on the counter-attack.
The German side possess unrivalled pace (with arguably the quickest attacking players in football) and though their talismanic forward - Robert Lewandowski - will be on his way out, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the ever excellent Marco Reus are more than capable of continuing the free-flowing counter attacking football we all love to watch.
1. Real Madrid
Los Blancos are arguably the most deadly team on the counter attack.
With Cristiano Ronaldo on the left flank, Gareth Bale on the right flank and Luca Modric and Xabi Alonso in the deep lying playmaker role, it is almost a counter attacking combo made in heaven.
When Angel Di Maria, Isco, the upcoming Jese Rodriguez and even Marcelo are put into the mix, they make an extremely fast team even faster.
Madrid’s quality as a counter-attacking team is usually exhibited when they come up against their eternal rivals, Barcelona, with Ronaldo most often than not finishing off those counters with great aplomb.
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