Tottenham Hotspur head into tonight’s fixture against West Ham United knowing they can move to the top of the Premier League table with just 10 games remaining.
To many this would have been unthinkable at the start of the season, but Tottenham have excelled where others have not, taking full advantage of a relatively weak competition to seize their chance and stand on the cusp of their first Premier League triumph.
Tottenham owe their success to many things: a brilliant manager, a side made up of experienced stars and some of the best young players in Europe, a willingness to fight for each other to the end. But their work rate should not be understated.
Indeed a recent report from the London Evening Standard has revealed that on average Tottenham’s players run 5km more per league game than their North London rivals Arsenal. On that evidence it is no surprise Tottenham are now three points clear of the Gunners.
Much has been said of Pochettino’s training regime and it is clearly working, but it is also down to the players to buy into their manager’s ethos and that is not a problem at White Hart Lane.
Like Leicester City, Tottenham would be worthy champions this season, and in the end it could come down to who is willing to run that extra mile in pursuit of success.