The Premier League's title race looks as open this season as it ever has been.
Understandably, no one is expecting David Moyes to have a Claudio Ranieri effect at Sunderland to make a Leicester-equivalent rise to triumph, but trying to pick a winner at this stage of the season looks tougher than ever.
With so many new managers, expensive signings and the unpredictable nature of the league itself, everyone has high hopes that 2016/17 could be one of the most exciting campaigns yet.
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Fernando Torres has certainly experienced one or two title races during his time on English shores with Liverpool and Chelsea and ahead of the new season, has made a bold prediction about the potential Premier League champions of the future.
Torres is part of the Atletico Madrid squad in line to face Tottenham in Australia on Friday and is surprisingly optimistic about Spurs' chances under Mauricio Pochettino.
On the Spanish side's official website, Torres said: "Pochettino is doing a great job mixing these talented young players they have with more experienced players.
"Last season they were really close to winning the Premier League and they are on their way, but in the future they will do it.”
Pochettino's side cruelly fell away towards the end of the last campaign and ended up finishing third behind Leicester and bitter rivals Arsenal.
Although Torres did not specify whether he believes Spurs would be in contention next year, it's clear the Spaniard rates them very highly and has fond memories of his time playing at White Hart Lane.
He added: “It’s an amazing club, they have amazing fans. When I was in England, it was always special to go to White Hart Lane and play against them.”
For Chelsea and Liverpool fans, Torres' high praise about a Premier League rival may come as a bit of a surprise but it does show Spurs' growth in stature over the last couple of years.
The ill-fated collapse of Harry Kane and Co. two months ago was put down to their naivety amongst other factors which can only improve with experience and their key men will need to demonstrate they have learnt from last season's heartbreak to prove Torres right.
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