Tottenham have the worst head-to-head record in the top six

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Tottenham have struggled to consistently win points from the teams they are competing for Champions League places with.

Tottenham's assault on the top four has fallen short partly because of a problem that has been all too familiar in recent years, the club continue to struggle in matches against fellow challengers for the Champions League spots.

This season, the only games Spurs have taken points from in matches against the top six are Arsenal (a draw and a win), Chelsea (the 5-3 win on New Year's Day) and a home draw with Manchester United.

That's no points against Manchester City, and no points against Liverpool.

Though the home wins against their two big London rivals will please Daniel Levy and Tottenham fans, many will feel that Mauricio Pochettino has failed to improve the side's ability to win points in the matches that really matter, against their top four rivals.

The Argentine had a promising reputation against the league's top clubs during his time at Southampton, and actually won the same amount of points against the top six in his final season at St Mary's last year.

More would have perhaps been expected of the former Espanyol boss at Tottenham this season, but there has been an inability to secure more positive results despite encouraging performances.  

Of the defeats suffered against the league's best teams this season, only the home loss to Liverpool and away defeat to Manchester United have reeked of the lack of quality that plagued Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood's season in 2012-13.

Out of ten games against the best sides in the Premier League, only two truly disappointing performances isn't bad at all, but the fact Spurs were unable to turn more of those games into the draws or wins they deserved is something Pochettino will have to do next season to stay in Levy's favour.

Because only when Tottenham are not at the bottom of that head-to-head table will they find themselves really in the running heading into the last days of the season.

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