Only time will tell if Tottenham’s draw with Liverpool on Saturday was a good result or not, but if we do fail in our quest to win the Premier League it will be because of an inability to beat the best.
Spurs’ record against the teams currently occupying the top 12 spots in the Premier League does not make for good reading. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have only won four of the 17 games played against these teams, drawing ten and losing three.
Those victories came against Manchester City (twice), West Ham at home and Southampton away. There were draws against Leicester, Arsenal (twice), Stoke, Liverpool (twice), Chelsea, West Brom and Everton (twice). The defeats came to Leicester, Manchester United and West Ham.
In contrast Tottenham’s record against the bottom eight sides is almost faultless. In 15 games some 13 have been won, with only a draw against Swansea and a loss to Newcastle blemishing the record.
The amount of draws against the Premier League’s better sides shows that while Spurs are a very tough team to beat these days, they perhaps lack that extra something that can turn a tight game into a win.
Though Tottenham are the Premier League’s top scorers with 57 goals, Harry Kane has scored 22 of them and is the only player to have hit double figures. When Kane is out of form or fatigued – as was the case at the start of the season – that obviously becomes an issue.
If the club are to have any chance of winning the Premier League this season then they must up their win rate against the top 12 teams in the last six games, with only the match against Newcastle coming from outside this group.
Going forward it looks as if Pochettino must get more from the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son, or bring in fresh attacking midfield talent that can provide more of a threat.
With just four or five more wins this season, Spurs would not be looking to catch Leicester up but keep them at bay. With such a young squad, that’s a perfectly attainable goal for next season.