Sunday, July 22, 2012

AVB talks up title ambitions

In the all-important first press conference, new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas began his charm offensive against those who doubt he has learnt from his disastrous time at Chelsea.

The Portuguese was bombed out of Stamford Bridge in February with the club struggling in the league and on the verge of dropping out of the Champions League.

In his final few weeks at the club the 34-year-old appeared to struggle with the pressure of the job and that was reflected in a break down in relations with key (and influential) players as well as with the media.

However, after a short spell out of the game AVB has appeared revived and refreshed, determined to prove his doubters wrong and show his glorious first season with Porto, that brought three trophies, was not a one-off.

"We have to try to put Tottenham on the road for titles," he told fans from within the bet365 YouTube community.

"Last year the squad started extremely well. The belief was there and the margin was there for Tottenham to win the title.

"If we are able to take the squad to the levels of ambition we want, it [the title] is something we can think of.

"We just have to continue with the quality work that Harry left us."

He certainly has solid foundations from which to build on. Previous boss Harry Redknapp had led the side to fourth place last season, yet that was considered a failure given the title was being mooted around White Hart Lane at Christmas.

The key could be finding a replacement for Luka Modric, who now seems certain to leave this summer, though latest signing Gylfi Sigurdsson will add quality to the midfield. Fellow new arrival Jan Vertonghen will also be a solid replacement for Ledley King at the back.

Should Emmanuel Adebayor make his move from Manchester City permanent, then AVB has a strong spine from which to build a side capable of challenging for the very top - and that means rubbing shoulders with his former employers across town.

Maybe he will have the last laugh after all?

The bet365 Ray Winstone video will soon be back on our screens as we usher in the new football season. It promises to be another exciting few months at every level.

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