It won’t take a genius to tell you that you can run all you like on the football pitch, but if you haven’t got the ball, you won’t score goals.
But distance travelled by teams is often a good indicator of which teams are those who either work the hardest when they are out of possession, or those who have had it drilled into them by their manager to press hard.
And yes, we’re talking about Jurgen Klopp’s gegenpressing tactics here.
Using statistics from Premier League data partner Opta, the teams who have run the most and least make for very interesting reading, particularly down the bottom of the table.
While Liverpool top the charts with an incredible 4311 kilometres travelled this season, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are rooted to the bottom, covering only 3819.7 kilometres – a full 41 kilometres fewer than second bottom Sunderland.
It will make painful reading for United fans, who have had to settle with seeing their team consistently look lethargic and underperform in large parts of the season.
Pundits have slammed Mourinho’s tactics throughout this campaign, with the manager’s acceptance of a high number of draws and occasionally lacklustre displays not winning the Portuguese boss many fans.
But the charts make for an interesting correlation between how far teams run and where they are in the Premier League table – or rather, the lack of correlation.
Tottenham Hotspur have run the seventh most, but sit second in the table, while Arsenal languish in 13th position, with Arsene Wenger’s side still battling out for fourth place in the league.
We’ve also got the statistics for most sprints run throughout the course of the season, where there is much greater correlation between sprints made and overall league position.
However, you can still see Manchester United in the bottom three when it comes to total sprints made throughout the season.
Liverpool top the table, ahead of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, while league champions Chelsea sit sixth.