Tottenham can show top four credentials against Arsenal

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At the conclusion of the 2009/10 Premier League season, Harry Redknapp guided Tottenham Hotspur to their best ever league finish, ending the season in fourth place with a respectable 70 points, and most importantly gained entry to the ultimate European football competition all teams, players and fans dream of taking part in - the Champions League.

The question is, can Andre Villas-Boas and his new look spurs team replicate that memorable football calendar year or even go one better?

There is no doubt that Luis Andre Pina Cabral Villas Boas is one of, if not the most, talented and confident coaches under the age of 40 in world football today. 

At the ripe young age of 36, a spotty teenager in managerial years, AVB already has a glowing yet relatively small European experience section on his CV.

In his one season at FC Porto in his native Portugal he won every competition his team were involved in that year which included the UEFA Europa League final against fellow Portuguese opposition FC Braga.

I was present in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin that night and witnessed his greatest achievement in football to date.

The Lilywhites have progressed to the group stages of this years UEFA Europa League with a convincing 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Tbilisi.

But can the former Chelsea boss replicate the club he was sacked by, for not impressing on home soil in the Premier League and not meeting the standards in Europe, and go on to claim "The 2nd division of European competition"?

Tottenham have been relatively busy this summer transfer window and have added some very talented players to fight for places in their starting XI.

With the addition of Paulinho they have a rock in central midfield. A class above the likes of fellow samba star Sandro and the newly departed Tom Huddlestone, he will be key to keeping Spurs ticking over from the heart of the midfield.

Throw into the mix the reliable yet rash Ettiene Capoue (Ligue 1's most booked player last year with 13 yellows) and the unique Argentine Erik Lamela and the White Hart Lane crowd will no doubt be in for some impressive displays. That's not to mention the one player who I think will be pivotal in their push for success this year, Roberto Soldado.

He has been the crucial signing for the club and a lot of pressure now rests on the Spaniard's shoulders to deliver goals on a regular basis, the likes of which Emmanuel Adebayor failed to achieve.

With the always explosive north London derby on the horizon, the Spurs new boys will have their first real test in their Tottenham career after their first two fixtures culminated in 1-0 wins over Crystal Palace and Swansea .

Will they be able to gel and deliver the attractive football and consistent results the Spurs faithful crave? With the right performance this Sunday, we might just have an idea...

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