Leicester City might be the biggest surprise package, but one shouldn’t take away any credit from the brand of football Tottenham has displayed this season.
No one would have predicted a top-four finish for the North London club, let alone a possibility of winning their first league title since 1961. And here we find ourselves in February, with two surprising teams sitting at the top of the league table.
Spurs are currently placed second in the league table, five points behind table-toppers Leicester and ahead of their fierce rivals Arsenal on goal difference.
It would be an understatement to say that Mauricio Pochettino has turned around the fortunes of the club since his arrival in 2014.
So what has brought about this change?
Pochettino’s Spurs is filled with the exuberance of youth. It has been claimed that the Argentine demands of very high fitness levels from his players. And the youngest team in the Premier League has provided him just that, according to The Telegraph.
The Spurs team hunt in packs of wolves and they pounce on every loose ball. Every player is playing for each other, and this togetherness on the pitch has played a significant part in their success this season.
You won’t find a single player hunting for the ball, it’s always a group of two or three chasing down the ball. This collective effort is clearly visible in the stats.
Three Spurs players- Delle Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Lamela- feature in the top seven players in the Premier League for distance covered per 90 minutes played.
The team, as a whole, features at the second spot in the distance covered per 90 minutes played. Only Bournemouth is a more hard-working team than Spurs in Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are running themselves into the ground for the manager, but it remains to be seen if they can sustain it for the duration of the season.
The North London club are currently involved in three competitions and Spurs fans will be hoping for nothing less than a top-four finish this season.
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