Villas-Boas: Tottenham are not title contenders

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has moved to play down suggestions his team should be consider challengers for the Premier League title this season, Sky Sports has reported, despite the London club spending heavily through pre-season and into the start of the new campaign.

Villas-Boas has overseen a summer of substantial investment at White Hart Lane, with Spurs twice breaking their transfer record – first with the capture of Paulinho from Corinthians and then Roberto Soldado from Valencia, with a third record likely to be established when Willian completes his move from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Also joining Villas-Boas’ squad have been Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue, with Roma forward Erik Lamela and Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao also said to be close to moves to Tottenham, with Gareth Bale expected to head in the opposite direction and sign in at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite the potential loss of Bale it was suggested that Tottenham should be looking to crash the very top of the table – a feeling with which Villas-Boas has little time for. “I don’t agree that we can be title contenders for this season coming because everything is happening, everything is changing,” Villas-Boas said.

We have to create a team at the moment from all these new players that we have bought. We haven’t had lots of time to work with them, but we believe that in the future we can definitely achieve it.

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