A list!

Ancelotti reckons Chelsea have Europe’s best strikers. Hmm…

Imagine this but with Anelka as well

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There’s something well exciting about a list – and it’s even better if it goes in reverse order. The excitement builds and builds until you can’t take any more and you HAVE to know what the Greatest Shade of Beige Ever is (it’s eggshell – obviously).

Anyway, Carlo Ancelotti has continued the trend of Chelsea folk saying slightly outlandish things by claiming the Blues have the best attack in Europe. The Spoiler doesn’t agree – so after the jump is our top five in REVERSE ORDER!

5. Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin

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The Spoiler got a right telling-off from some readers for suggesting Arshavin should give his money back for his lacklustre performances this season. Having wiped the albumen and vitellus from our mush we have to admit the Gunners front three now look totally mega. Arshavin has found his form, Van Persie is fit and excellent, while Nasri has been great all season. Arsenal aren’t the top scorers in the Champions League for no reason.

4. Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Antonio Cassano

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You’d probably need to go on an intensive UN peacekeeping course to manage this mob – if Ibrahimović is the most level-headed of your attack, then you’d better be bloody diplomatic. They are excellent though, with Ibrahimović leading the way with 17 goals in 26 games this term.

PS. The Spoiler was dumbstruck when it read this morning that Ibra has won a league title for the past seven seasons (everyone else in the HQ knew this though).

3. Samuel Eto’o, Giampaolo Pazzini and Diego Milito

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Newbie, Giampaolo Pazzini, joined from Sampdoria in January and has already bagged four goals in five games (he hit 46 in 80 games for Samp). Eto’o is a class act and Milito is one of roughly 15 brilliant Argentinean forwards around at the moment – two goals in a Champions League final ain’t half bad.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín

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Since Emmanuel Adebayor has been at Real, the pressure is off Benzema and he’s started to look bloody good. Gonzalo Higuaín is a ‘proper striker’ but is out for the season with a back injury – he could probably still bang ‘em in though. Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo – you know him? He’s pretty tasty.

1. Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro

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The Daddies. David Villa was top scorer in Euro 2008, joint top scorer in last year’s World Cup and continues to smash the goals in for Barca – a €40 million bargain. Pedro gets somewhat overshadowed by his partners, but still has an incredible goalscoring record (42 goals in 105 games). The last guy – Lionel Messi – is simply the best player in the world.

You all wholeheartedly agree with them, right? No cause for debate at all… No? Okay, shout us down with some intelligent comments below…


10 responses so far
  • Henry Redknapp // February 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Ridiculous, Rooney, Berbatov and Hernández or the Chelsea lot over 5, 4 and 3 any day.

  • brian // February 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Yeah, I’d also have to add the Man U crew as well. If Dzeko captures his form he had in Germany, City could have a nice strike crew with him, Tevez, and Balotelli. With the goal haul they’ll (eventually) bring in, I’d think they’d look better than Milan.

    Although he’s gotta be named in there because he’s a striker, I can’t see what Cassano really has to offer. Personally, I think he’s been riding the reputation he built up at Roma a bit long (and even then, it was more about potential). With his antics and a shitty goal return, Cassano is not really that worth it.

  • Linda // February 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Personally I can’t really take these comparisons seriously. Every league is so different in style and pace that comparing goal tallies for instance becomes apples and oranges. With Serie A being generally so much more open and attacking, La Liga actually having a winter break(!), and the Premier League being utterly relentless, well the mitigating factors in any question of who’s better or best is endless.

  • Phil // February 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Linda, if only there was a league where all of the top teams from clubs across Europe could compete against each other. Then we would really know!

  • Linda // February 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Ah, but Phil, they don’t ALL compete against each other, do they? It would be impossible. So, no, we can get some ideas from year to year but…

  • brian // February 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    “With Serie A being generally so much more open and attacking,”

    Lynda, I love my Serie A team that alarmingly parallels Liverpool in many respects (Juventus, anyone?), but are we both thinking about the same league. Even I can admit that the 1-0 games come a bit too often for my tastes.

  • Linda // February 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Brian, …hence the word “generally”…and of course comparing it to the defensive grinding out of a win/draw by the larger Premeir League clubs that slip us into a dull frustration that this season will surely lead me into a coma. And of course even on this I am generalising as much as any Top 5 list would :)

  • Ziggy // February 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    So where would Milan place had Pato been included if you were listing 4 players?

  • Phil // February 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    How do strikers ever compete against each other?

  • m // March 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Your list looks alright to me.

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