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Analysis: How Tottenham won the World Cup

As the World Cup circus is packed up and the players involved shuttle back to their clubs for pre-season training, the mood in each camp will surely be affected by how well everyone acquitted themselves in Russia.

To determine which club's players should be feeling the most pleased with themselves, we've run the rule over their collective contribution during the summer.

Minutes played

The Premier League and La Liga dominated our screens during the tournament, with the seven most-represented clubs at the World Cup all hailing from either England or Spain.

Barcelona players were fielded most often, with the Catalans edging Tottenham into second place by a narrow margin of just seven minutes in total. Spurs can claim bragging rights as the most dominant side in the knockout rounds however, with the 2,738 minutes their players clocked up after the group stage the highest by far.

Goals scored

When it comes to finding the net, Tottenham were once again narrowly beaten to top spot. The north London outfit and PSG both saw their players notch 12 goals overall in Russia, but the French champions required fewer minutes to reach their total.

The Ligue 1 side also scored more critical goals, with eight of theirs coming in the knockout rounds compared to four of those netted by Spurs players.

The next three places in the list are occupied by the three largest La Liga clubs, with the traditional 'big two' of Barcelona and Real Madrid the only other clubs whose players reached double figures at the tournament.

Assists made

Premier League clubs are a little further off the pace in the creativity stakes, with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid players providing by far the most assists.

While the La Liga champions edge Atleti nine to eight overall, seven of the eight registered by Diego Simeone's charges at the tournament came in the knockout rounds, making them arguably more pivotal to the outcome of the competition.

Two Premier League sides - Chelsea and Manchester City - registered six assists apiece, but both saw their players rack up more minutes on the pitch than Juventus, who also accumulated half a dozen between them.

Bringing it all together

We've combined the three measures above to come up with an overall ranking using a simple scoring system. We've awarded each one point for every 90 minutes completed by one of their players at the tournament, two points for an assist made and three for a goal scored, plus we've awarded an extra point for each of these if they occurred during the knockout phase.

This puts Tottenham at the top of the pile overall, with 135 points to Barcelona's 132 and some way ahead of Real Madrid in third place. With Spurs' English and Belgian contingents going deep in the tournament, along with Hugo Lloris winning the tournament with France, they were by far the most successful Premier League side.

The big question is whether their summer exploits will catch up with them during another gruelling domestic campaign.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football