Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has tipped Tottenham Hotspur to be in the running for the Premier League title this season, reports ITV Sport.
The Portuguese coach believes his former assistant Andre Villas-Boas is building a squad capable of challenging in the highest echelons of the table, and has been impressed with the players he has acquired during the summer transfer window.
Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge has placed Chelsea as favourites with the bookies to win the domestic crown in 2013/14, following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.
David Moyes has taken over at Old Trafford, but is expected to take some time to settle in his new surroundings, while Manchester City are also undergoing a period of transition with Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
The dawn of a new era prompted Mourinho to state his belief that there are as many as six teams capable of winning the Premier League title this season - with Arsenal and Liverpool also in the mix - but the former Real Madrid boss is particularly wary of his old understudy at White Hart Lane.
"They [Spurs] can win the title," he said. "They're one of the best teams. Andre Villas-Boas knows the market very well and has employed a new technical director who also knows the market very well."
"He has the money and ambition to form a fantastic squad."
The pair will come face-to-face in the dugout for the first time when Chelsea travel to Tottenham in the Premier League at the end of September, in what is sure to be an exciting London derby encounter.