How far every Premier League team have ran this season – Interesting
Stats have just been published showing how far every Premier League team has ran this season.
It is Sky Sports who have put the figures together and they are the total of the distance every single player has covered in league matches.
I think stats on running are definitely ones you can’t take in just isolation and you have to look at what else is happening with particular teams.
So basically, Manchester City are only 12th highest with 3,831km covered by their players but nobody could accuse their players of not putting in the effort, rather they are the classic case of the ball doing the work.
At the very bottom you have Manchester United on 3,672km, more a reflection on their playing style, with Mourinho happy to sit relatively deep defensively.
Likewise, Leicester who are second bottom on 3,676 km, their ongoing style also sees them sit deep and try to quickly counter attack with Mahrez and Vardy.
At the very top and over 300km more than the bottom two, you have 4,040km Bournemouth. Whilst they always try to play decent football, their relative success has always been built on that excellent workrate.
Maybe most surprisingly, West Brom are second top on 4,011, maybe suggesting that it is not effort that has been the problem but quality and focus.
Apart from Leicester and Man Utd, the other eight clubs currently in the top half of the Premier League are also in the top 12 of distance covered, pointing to the fact that there is some link between workrate/running and success.
As you can see, Newcastle are almost exactly in the middle with 3,847km covered, that puts them ninth top, just one above their Premier League placing.
I’m guessing that NUFC will have moved higher in recent months as since the turn of the year, Rafa has tended to try and play a more pressing game in many matches, pushing higher up the pitch and chasing the opposition down.
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