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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Spurs players clocked up most miles at Euro event

Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld, in action for Belgium.
Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld, in action for Belgium.

Tottenham players racked up more minutes at Euro 2016 than any other Premier League club.

The English top flight was by far the most heavily-represented domestic division at the tournament, with 106 of the 552 players who travelled to France currently plying their trade there.

A survey found that Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs bore the brunt of that. Tottenham players clocked up a total of 3,544 minutes, over 900 more than the side with the second-most minutes played - north London rivals Arsenal.

Eleven Tottenham players saw action at Euro 2016 with nine named in at least three starting line-ups in a total of 38 starts overall, meaning Pochettino may need to rotate carefully with a Champions League campaign to negotiate as well as domestic competition.

Six Arsenal players racked up a combined 28 starts and 2,625 minutes of playing time. Manchester City had the same number of starters as Arsenal but accumulated a slightly lower 2,499 minutes on the pitch.

Liverpool were the only club to match Tottenham in having 11 different players feature at the tournament but the Reds' representatives clocked up a much lower 1,774 minutes between them and only had two players - Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel - who started more than three matches. Premier League clubs should spare a thought for their peers at Juventus. The Italian champions were by far the most heavily-represented at Euro 2016, with their players collectively starting 50 matches and featuring for 4,871 minutes.

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