Don't agree. Workrate stats are an intrinsic part of the data that coaches use for analysis.People make too much out of distance covered stats.
From my perspective, while distance covered and sprints are of use, to really understand how the team is operating as a system you need to break down these into offensive and defensive numbers.
Clearly you would like the offensive to be higher than defensive. But for a pressing team the defensive numbers will be important.
In the modern game, space is at a premium.
The pitch is basically the same size as are the number of players. So. The only way to get space is to create it by moving.
I have to say that the team that is the best at creating space is City.
Their players are drilled into finding space by quick movement thus dragging the opposition out of a formation and opening up gaps.
You don't actually have to move that far, just a few meters.
As a result you can sustain this movement for the whole match.
It is about using your brain.
Something our players are terrible at.