Villas-Boas discusses Tottenham's chances of Premier League title

Andre Villas-Boas has said he is happy with the players at his disposal but feels talk of challenging for top spot is premature.

With spending of over £100 million this summer on seven new international players, expectations of success have been raised at Tottenham. Superstars such as Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Paulinho have been added to the White Hart Lane club’s squad and there are high hopes that Spurs can have a positive campaign.

There have even been whispers that the north Londoners should be considered as a title threat given their strength in depth and ambition in the transfer market.

Andre Villas-Boas has played this down however, and stated that the new faces would take time to settle into their new environment and gel with each other.

"The circumstances are difficult. The investment that we have made raises expectations in people but what we have to do is create a team that bonds together,” the Portuguese trainer said.

"That takes time and we see that our opponents are one step ahead as they have players who have been together for many years; that is an advantage that we don't have.

"I think we have invested a lot in young players that have real potential. Obviously we will have to work with them to make sure they develop into the world stars that we think they can become.

"All of them have great ambition to succeed and win titles which is one of the criteria that we wanted. Now it is about creating a team that bonds together and assumes the responsibility of winning those titles. This is what we have now and hopefully we can get a good response.”

Tottenham take on Norwich this Saturday at White Hart Lane and Villas-Boas is keen for the club to pick up three points to keep momentum going.

"I'm happy with the start we have made, but losing to Arsenal is never easy for any Spurs fan so now we have to make sure we bounce back,” he said.

"Whatever result we had against Arsenal that would not affect how we approach our next game against Norwich. We have to concentrate on winning that one.

"It has been a good international break for us. We have not had any injuries so we are looking forward to getting back into action this weekend."

Realistically, after finishing fifth last season, to break back into the top four would be deemed a success for Spurs this season. The north Londoners do have a group of immensely talented players in their squad and strength in depth also, but that collective winning mentality is not there yet.

Champions League football must be the focus for Spurs, and Villas-Boas is correct in stating that expectations must be kept in check, despite the spending over the summer.

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