Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has played down his side’s Premier League title credentials despite spending £100 million on new players in the summer.
Villas-Boas brought seven new faces – Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho – to White Hart Lane this summer after selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid a world record £86m.
However, despite adding some of the most coveted names in Europe to his squad, the Portuguese coach doesn’t foresee Spurs making a serious challenge for the title, instead focusing on ensuring his side properly gels.
“The circumstances are difficult at the moment,” Villas-Boas said to Metro
“The investment that we have made raises expectations in people but what we have to do is create a team that bonds together.
“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’s the advantage for them.”
Although he doesn’t see his Tottenham side lifting a major trophy in the short term, the 35-year-old is confident they can deliver success in the future.
“I think we have invested a lot in young players that have real potential,” he added.
“Obviously we will have to work with them to make sure they develop into the world stars that we think they can become.”