Forget titles and trophies. Remember the grandeur of football

In the pursuit of titles and trophies, the basic fundamentals of football have been lost. The joy or entertainment factor no longer counts.

The joy of watching Leo Messi, poetry in motion. But he hasn’t won the World Cup, so how can he be the GOAT?

The entertainment factor of watching Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City (and Barcelona in the past). But Guardiola hasn’t won the Champions League since 2010-2011.

And my list of entertainers for the 2020-2021 season begins with Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio from Serie A.

The most understated team in Italy, Atalanta plays some swashbuckling football. Even in defeat, they give you top value!

Gian Piero Gasperini has two Colombian strikers and is never afraid to start with one and replace him with another.

The names of Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel may never ring a bell but ask any Serie A defender and they will blush at having been wrong-footed by these two, time and again.

Josip Ilicic has probably never hit the gym, but his left foot makes the ball talk. Standing at 1.90m, his ungainliness bamboozles defenders anywhere on the pitch.

In Germany, RB Leipzig thrills their way through victory or defeat. The passing, movement and tempo of their game keep one on the edge of the seat.

Marcel Sabitzer with his technique and Yusuf Poulsen with his awareness of space make for such a good watch. And that’s only two I’m talking about.

Julian Nagelsmann is headed to Bayern Munich on the back of great football from some underrated footballers.

I stay awake or wake up just to watch these two teams. Maybe, you should try it too!

This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Twentytwo13.

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