Goals are just the outcome in football. Plenty of graft is needed to get the ball into the back of the net.
In fact, it’s one of the uglier facets of the game that usually gets the move started – the tackle.
Sometimes clean, sometimes dirty, bravery and anticipation is needed to pull off a well-timed challenge or risk the wrath of a referee.
And just three games into the season, it’s already becoming clear which sides are ready to get their shorts dirty to win the possession.
Click the arrow above, right, to see which teams have attempted the most tackles this season.
Stats are correct as of 04/09/16