We asked ChatGPT to pick the best Bristol City XI of all time and it’s questionable! - gallery

Artificial intelligence application ChatGPT has given it a go at naming Bristol City’s best all-time XI.

Technology has become so advanced that you can now ask use artificial intelligence almost anything. ChatGPT has been set up by OpenAI and it is made to follow instructions and give in-depth answers when prompted.

With all this power at our disposal, we've asked the hard-hitting question of what is the best all-time Bristol City XI? It's going to differ from what era you watched the club, and football has changed considerably decade-by-decade, so it is all subjecitve.

Surprisingly the clubs all-time goal scorer John Atyeo, who has a statue outside of Ashton Gate, is not included in the team. He scored 351 goals for the club, and his exclusion is perhaps one of the decisions you'd raise your eyebrow at.

A surprise inclusion was Peter Shilton, who never actually played for the club. It’s perhaps best that the computer leaves things to the fans, and former players... We prompted them again and they ended up with Ray Cashley, which is a fair shout, but they’ve got a few things wrong and confused the achievements of others. Remember, it’s the computer and not us, who make the team and their explanations why! Let us know what your team is.

So, without further ado, here is the all-time Robins starting XI that ChatGPT provided us – there's some players of the past - but do any of the current crop make the grade?

Explaining their decision to go with a 4-4-2 formation, ChatGPT says: “This formation allows for a solid defense with two experienced central defenders in Bailey and Carey, as well as the tough-tackling Hunter and the reliable Shelton as full-backs. In midfield, Tainton and Gow could provide a solid defensive shield, while Tinnion and Murray would be able to create and score goals.

“Up front, Taylor and Cole could form a formidable partnership with their pace and clinical finishing. Of course, this is just one possible formation, and there are many other variations that could work depending on the players available and the style of play desired.”

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