Friday, 20 October 2017

PSG attacking trident sets the bar

Paris Saint-Germain's summer spending caused envy and outrage among some of Europe's other big clubs, but what is undisputed is that their investments have already started to repay their astronomical fees on the pitch.
Compared to other goal scorers around Europe, PSG's attacking trident are on another level, and early signs suggest that the Parisians spent their money wisely during the transfer window.
The 25 goals contributed by Edinson Cavani (12), Neymar (9) and Kylian Mbappe (4) is the highest of any trio across Europe.
As a comparison, the 12 goals hit by Real Madrid's top scorers is equal to the tally of PSG's Uruguayan forward.
Barcelona, who themselves have a high-profile trident, find themselves halfway between the French giants and Real Madrid, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele contributing 18 goals, though 15 of those have come from Messi and none from the new signing.
Despite the Frenchman's absence for the majority of the campaign so far, the Barcelona front three have accumulated more minutes than any other this season - 2,526.
Only Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala of Juventus have completed more minutes on the pitch - 2,538 - as well as Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller - 2,713.
The Serie A trio have provided 18 goals, and the Germans 17, though in both cases the spread of goals is uneven with Dybala - 10 - and Lewandowski - 13 - proving the majority in their respective teams.
In England, both Manchester clubs - City and United - boast attacking threes, who are carrying the weight of their goals.
Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have 23 goals for Pep Guardiola's side in 2,242 minutes.
For Jose Mourinho's side, meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are close behind with 22 goals in 2,242 minutes of game time.