Who has the best midfield in European football?


This week former-Ajax, Inter & AC Milan star Edgar Davids claimed Juventus possess the best midfield in Europe - which got us thinking, is he right?

Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio is one impressive trio, and Juventus romped to the Serie 'A' title again this season.

But there's some stiff competition out there - for starters how about the four Champions League semi-finalists?

Barcelona with Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta have controlled the tempo of European football for the past half a decade.

Xabi Alonso is hugely admired, a World Cup winner, allied with German push-pull duo Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.

And what about the European championship-winning midfield of Bayern Munich, not to mention their conquered opponents in that Wembley final, Borussia Dortmund.

These are our five contenders - Dortmund, Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. There is no Premier League representative, but that merely reflects the league's poor performance in this year's Champions League. If you want to be considered as one of the best, you have to have performed in the latter stages of the continent's most prestigious competition.

For the purposes for this comparison, we've decided restricted the number of contenders to five - the four semi-finalists plus Davids' pick. But we're bound to have upset a few people, so if you feel your team has been particularly hard done by, leave your reason in the comment box below.

And remember, the statistics used here - thanks to whoscored.com by the way - are taken exclusively from the domestic leagues.

So, here you go - check out the statistics and decide for yourself - just who has the best midfield in Europe?


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