Tottenham lead the Premier League stats in this area

Tottenham Hotspur are the best team in the Premier League at playing the ball forward.

Tottenham Hotspur have hit the lowest percentage of their passes backwards in the entire Premier League, showing their new-found attacking intent under Mauricio Pochettino. 

The Argentine manager is famed for his attacking approach and these stats seem to suggest that Spurs are adapting to it well. 

  % Passes Are BackwardAppearances
Tottenham 13.46% 22
Arsenal 13.8% 22
QPR 14% 22
Burnley 14.02% 22
Man City 14.16% 22

Tottenham have hit only 13.46% of their passes backwards, which is considerably fewer than any of their nearest rivals. 

Arsenal, a side reputedly excellent at going forward, are the second placed in the passing table, but they have hit 13.8% of their passes towards their own goal, showing that they are not as penetrative in possession as their North London rivals. 

Tottenham's constant desire to get the ball into their more offensive-thinking players is serving them well and it has been a key reason they have started to improve in recent times. 

Pochettino's side are firmly in Champions League contention and they are currently in sixth position in the Premier League table, despite making a slow start to the season. 

During the second half of the campaign their total of backwards passes should be reduced even further - as they become more accustomed to their manager's methods - and that will make them even more of an intimidating attacking force. 

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