Tottenham: Premier League title contenders

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As the Premier League season draws near, pundits and fans are beginning to ponder which team will be able to wrestle the title off Manchester United.

Will it be Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City or Jose Mourinho's Chelsea? Or will United be able to reclaim the title under new manager David Moyes?

No matter who manages to lift the Premier League trophy next May, one thing is for sure: Tottenham must now be considered genuine title contenders.

Since Andre Villas-Boas took charge of Tottenham in July 2012, he has slowly turned them from a team on the fringes of the top four in the Premier League into a team that can not only challenge for domestic honours, but can also challenge for honours in Europe.

As Villas-Boas begins his second season at White Hart Lane, he can rest easy, knowing his team is almost fully prepared to start the campaign, bar the Gareth Bale issue.

The Tottenham team has been significantly improved during the transfer window, with Paulinho being brought in from Corinthians and Roberto Soldado being signed from Valencia.

Villas-Boas has also managed to bring in Belgium winger Nacer Chadi from FC Twente and, reportedly, midfielder Etienne Capoue from Toulouse. These moves have enabled Villas-Boas to give himself the chance to improve on his first season at White Hart Lane, where he finished one point behind fourth-placed rivals, Arsenal.

This has also bolstered Villas-Boas's options in midfield and upfront as Scott Parker looks like he could be heading out of White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas managed to bring out the best of his players last season, most notably Bale, who had the best season of his promising career to date.

The chances of Bale leaving for Real Madrid is looking less likely as each day goes past, meaning Villas-Boas will have the Welshman available for Tottenham's first game of the season at Crystal Palace.

With a defence led by talented keeper Hugo Lloris, Tottenham are now becoming a team capable of lifting the Premier League trophy.


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