Tottenham Hotspur players racked up more minutes at Euro 2016 than those from 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.
And a Press Association survey found that Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs clocked up a total of 3,544 minutes — over 900 more than their north London rivals Arsenal, the English club with the second-most minutes played.
There were 11 Tottenham players who saw action at Euro 2016 in total, with 38 starts overall, meaning Pochettino may need to rotate carefully in the upcoming season, with a Champions League campaign to negotiate as well as domestic competitions.
Arsenal’s six players racked up a combined 28 starts and 2,625 minutes of playing time, while 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.
Allen, who was named in the starting lineup in all six matches in Wales’ incredible run to the semifinals, probably did not expect to be Liverpool’s busiest player. And Allen’s former teammates at Swansea were also far more involved than anticipated.
The historic Welsh showing also saw Swans duo Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor feature in every starting XI, while two of their teammates — Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Poland’s Lukasz Fabianski — were involved until the quarterfinal stage.
As a quartet they made 21 appearances and played for 2,042 minutes: more than their peers at Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea.
For all the extra care that the Premier League’s various medical departments will be taking to ensure that their stars are ready for another intense season, they 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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