L’Equipe, well known for being tough with their player ratings, have today compiled all their World Cup group stage reports and put a team together.
From that the French newspaper have come up with their Team of the World Cup Group Stage, and there’s one club which stands above all others… Tottenham.
Barcelona have two players involved. One is Yerry Mina, who the Catalan media have been saying for months is an almighty flop and will be pushed out if it’s possible, and the other is arguably Brazil’s best player, Philippe Coutinho.
Real Madrid have Luka Modric, who has been excellent for Croatia so far this tournament, and Spain’s Isco.
And then there’s Tottenham, who have three players.
Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane all find their way into the team. This makes Spurs the most represented club in the L’Equipe side.
Mauricio Pochettino’s contribution to the England team, especially, has been highlighted repeatedly. Friday’s edition of Marca has an article doing just that, and on the very biggest stage the Tottenham connections are showing.
Kane and Mina tie for the highest average rating, with both on 7.5.