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Jul 12, 2012

AVB eyes Tottenham title tilt

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he laid down the gauntlet of a title challenge to his Tottenham squad on his first day in charge.

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The Portuguese has been asked to fill the sizeable boots of Harry Redknapp and he has walked in with reports that star midfielder Luka Modric wants to move on from White Hart Lane. There is also speculation over the future of Rafael van der Vaart, while the club are also battling to secure a permanent deal for last season's loan star Emmanuel Adebayor.

The behind-the-scenes unrest could threaten to derail Villas-Boas' plans, but he seems unfazed after setting the bar high.

On the prospect of a title challenge, he said: "It's a proposition I put to the players on the first day we met. We have to see, of course, whether it's realistic or not.

"Other squads are evolving and you can't always compete with Chelsea and Manchester City for players.

"But we would like to assume this responsibility, not to put more pressure on ourselves, but because it goes along with what we are trying to build at this club.

"We are trying to put together a squad that makes us compete for the title."

Silverware would appear to be a priority and he will give full respect to the Europa League, a trophy he won while at Porto.

He added: "One important thing is that we'd like to compete in the four competitions, particularly in the Europa League.

"It is the first European competition I won. Hopefully, I can get some more. It's a competition that has so much history in this club, too. So we would like to extend our competition for titles to all of these competitions.

"If we are able to do that it means that we are taking the right steps towards what chairman Daniel Levy wants for the future."

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