New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham can win the title next season.

The former-Chelsea manager also insisted he played an important role in the Stamford Bridge side's march to their first ever Champions League trophy. Villas-Boas was sacked by the Blues in March, with Chelsea on the verge of elimination following their 3-1 defeat to Napoli in the last 16.

The Portuguese coach was succeeded by his assistant manager, Roberto Di Matteo, who promptly guided the Blues to an FA Cup and Champions League double. But Villas-Boas believes his work in the first half of the season played a crucial role in facilitating the club's success later on in the competition.

"I think it's excellent for Chelsea to have won a trophy they have desired for so many years," said Villas-Boas. "I'm just grateful that I was able to work there and in some way put it on the road to that."

The Portuguese coach also paid tribute to the work of his predecessor, Harry Redknapp, who guided Spurs to two top four finishes in three seasons, and the Portuguese coach even thinks his side can challenge for the title next year.

"Last year the squad started extremely well," said Villas-Boas. "The belief was there and the margin was there for Tottenham to win the title. If we are able to take the squad to the levels of ambition we want, it [the title] is something we can think of."

The Portuguese manager signed a three-year deal at White Hart Lane, after he was sacked by Chelsea less than one year into his Stamford Bridge contract last March.

The 34-year-old had been linked with a number of jobs on the continent, including Serie 'A' club Roma, but decided to complete a swift return to the Premier League.

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