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TRIBAL SPECIAL: Sick of boring football? Here's four exciting teams to watch until the end of the season

Without a doubt, the current style of play within football has massively changed compared to what it used to be five to ten years ago, where many teams would set out to win a game and play attacking football at the same time.

Being a passionate fan of the sport, you'd like to see your own team going out for the three points rather than seeing them defend in their own half for most of the game.

However, many supporters of the beautiful game will argue that the narrow-minded managers such as Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho have changed football as a whole, as they have played a huge impact on those teams that go on to have a negative approach ahead of the fixture by nullifying the opposition instead of playing to the side's strengths.

Here are the four European teams that have or currently been a pleasure to watch during the 2017-18 season…



Bundesliga – RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig might still be the most hated team within German football, due to the fact that the club went through a massive transformation by having energy drink company, Red Bull, as their new owners and they have also gone against the tradition of the league by making a mockery to the cherished "50+1" rule.

On the other hand, in the new era of the club, they are starting to be known for their dominant and thrilling football on the pitch, especially with the current crop of individuals that are available to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

With the likes of Jean-Kevin Augustin, Marcel Sabitzer, Naby Keita and Timo Werner regularly running the show, Leipzig still have the chance to finish in the Champions League spot within the Bundesliga as well as challenge for the Europa League trophy before the season comes to an end.

The side carry out their work within a 4-2-2-2 setup, with their principles being: to complete gegenpressing from the first minute till the end and to play direct counterattacking football at the highest level.



La LigaReal Betis

Without a shadow of doubt, the focus in La Liga will always be on the familiar clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, the time has come where a mid-table side like Real Betis get the attention that they truly deserve, who are definitely one of the most exciting teams to watch in Spain this campaign.

Whether they see themselves as a liability defensively due to their attacking approach or not, it has not stopped the boss, Quique Setien, from implementing a simple yet effective possession-based style of play.

The 59-year-old Spaniard is one of the few coaches left that lives for total football, one that looks after the young players and gives them first-team opportunities time after time, as well as being a devoted manager that sticks to his philosophy no matter who his side come up against.

Despite conceding a lot of goals compared to the other sides in the top half of the table, Real Betis have come up with vital wins away at Real Madrid and Sevilla, which currently leaves them in tenth place and five to ten points away from the Europa League spots.



Premier League – Manchester City

The English press constantly talk about how the top-six sides are in a league of their own compared to the other teams within the Premier League, though, Manchester City have evidently shown why they are miles ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

So far this term, Pep Guardiola's men have the best statistics defensively and offensively in the league as the side also have the unbelievable potential of breaking Chelsea's record of 95 points in a season, which was achieved throughout the 2004/05 campaign.

If all goes to plan, City could officially have the league title wrapped up by the early weeks of April, allowing them to focus solely on the Champions League, which Guardiola has not won since his managerial days at Barcelona.

Also, alongside the rising individuals and world class players within the team, the squad's drive and hunger for goals and trophies is simply unmatchable at the moment. With how things are going, it would not be a surprise if Guardiola's Manchester City continues to dominate European football for many years to come.



Serie AAC Milan

The current focus in the top-tier of Italian football is on the title race between Juventus and Napoli as well as the debate on who will finish higher in the table between Lazio and AS Roma.

However, the main story in Italy at the moment has been Gennaro Gattuso working his magic on the touchline at AC Milan, who are currently undefeated in 13 games in all competitions and are looking to end the amount of mediocre years that they have been through by aiming for a top-six finish and potentially some success in the Coppa Italia final.

In the first half of the 2017-18 season, I Rossoneri were struggling on both sides of the pitch due to the ineffective and rigid system of Vincenzo Montella. The Italian coach made many poor decisions and he simply could not get the best out of an AC Milan squad that was massively improved on over the summer transfer window.

Now, under the guidance of Gattuso, the side are tactically much better on and off the ball as they finally have a balanced and fluid midfield, allowing them to play their best football in years.

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