Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted to Sky Sports news that he does not think Spurs are contenders to win the league this season.
Speaking at a charity event the head coach at White Hart Lane played down his teams chances of winning the Premier League.
"The circumstances are difficult," he said. "The investment that we have made raises expectations in people but what we have to do it 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.
The North London team splurged out in this years summer transfer window spending in excess of £100million but the former Chelsea manager is not convinced his new-look Spurs side can be described as genuine title contenders just yet.
The 35-year-old manager expressed that he was pleased with his new signings but feels the team has a lot to do in the way of bonding and gelling as a competitive side .
"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.
Tottenham suffered a 1-0 defeat in their last game against fierce North London rivals Arsenal but the Spurs manager is looking ahead to the next game and hoping his side will bounce back with a home win against Norwich.
AVB concluded by telling Sky Sports: "Good international break for us us we have not had any injuries so we are looking forward to getting back into action this weekend."