Andre Villas-Boas has played down Tottenham’s chances of winning the Premier League title this year, claiming it is too soon for his new-look side.
Seven players joined over the summer at a cost of £106m after Spurs heavily invested to cope with the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, and the manager says it will take time for his squad to gel into genuine title contenders.
"The circumstances are difficult," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports. "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 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.
"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.
"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."Reuse content