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Top 8: Best teams of the 21st century

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Since the turn of the century, there have been some superb teams. The Bayern Munich side of last year were simply superb in their treble victory, but how high would they rank?

8: Internazionale 2009/10

With three trophies and one runners-up medal, it was this achievement that really brought Jose Mourinho's attention from the top clubs.

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Team: Julio Cesar, Javier Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Maicon, Goran Pandev, Dejan Stankovic,  Esteban Cambiasso, Wesley Sneijder, Samuel Eto'o, Diego Milito

7: Bayern Munich 2012/13

The most recent one, Thomas Muller was the key player in their quadruple. This included hammering Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate, proving to be Jupp Heynckes' last season with Bayern.

Manager: Jupp Heynckes

Team: Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Dante, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Mario Mandzukic

6: Chelsea 2007/08

One of the few teams on this list not to have won the Champions League, the Chelsea of six/seven years ago fell on penalties to United. However, one merely has to look at the squad to see exactly how strong it was.

Manager: Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant

Team: Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Essien, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele, Michael Ballack, Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba

5: Manchester United 2007/08

And now the team that beat them. Although United have had many great squads recently, I think this is the best.

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Team: Edwin Van Der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Gerard Pique, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes Wayne Rooney, Nani, Carlos Tevez

4: Real Madrid 2002/03

La Liga champions and a genuinely complete squad full of stars. Yes, I know they were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Champions League by Juventus, but I'm judging this on the football they played rather than the number of trophies they won.

Manager: Vincente Del Bosque

Team: Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, Fernando Hierro, Esteban Cambiasso, Michel Salgado, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Claude Makelele, Steve McManaman, Ronaldo, Raul

3: AC Milan 2005/06

A team jam packed with gentleman footballers, ageing talents and rising stars. I believe they were unlucky to lose to Barcelona in the Champions League semis.

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Team: Dida, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, Kakha Kaladze, Cafu, Ricardo Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, Rui Costa, Filippo Inzaghi, Andrei Shevchenko

2: Arsenal 2003/04

Although their FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League campaigns weren't comparitively as good as their league standards, this is of little matter. The entire season unbeaten. Playing superb, beautiful team football the likes of which we are unlikely to see again.

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Team: Jens Lehamnn, Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure, Lauren, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva, Freddie Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry

1: Barcelona 2010/11

The tiki-taka masters. They held unheard of midfield complexity, which means that many consider them the best club side ever.

Manager: Josep Guardiola

Team: Victor Valdes, Eric Abidal, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves, David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Pedro Rodriguez

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