Having spent a staggering £105m during the summer, Tottenham Hotspurs manager Andre Villas Boas has told the media that he is not looking to compete for the league title this season, instead his focus is purely on achieving Champions League status, meaning that he is looking for a top four finish.
With the widely reported sale of Wales international Gareth Bale to Spanish outfit Real Madrid for a world record fee of £85.3m, thoughts were geared towards the loss of the attacker that had proved to be so influential last season for the London based club, would hinder their ability to be able to compete with the Premier League elite, however Villas Boas seems to have demonstrated that there will be life after Bale at White Hart Lane.
With a summer of speculation and negotiations surrounding the sale of their prize asset, Spurs were forced into strengthening their squad in order to counterbalance the loss of Bale and Portuguese boss Villas Boas has added quality in abundance.
With the firm target of achieving European football of the highest level, Spurs added the likes of Erik Lamela (£26.4m), Christian Eriksen (£11.9m), Paulinho (£17.4m) to their side as they bolstered their squad with several new additions, showing a firm intent to have strength in depth as they look to de-rail their rivals in a battle to one of the coveted top four finishes available this season.
Although their large transfer spend would not look out of place with one of the clubs that are considered to be fighting for the league title, however with less pressure than his counterparts, Villas Boas will be looking to overcome his fellow managers and execute a plan to break into the Champions League qualifying positions and hold on to it, missing out narrowly last season to Chelsea due to their title holding status.
The Spurs boss will be looking to his players to ensure that their fate is held within their own actions rather than experiencing the disappointing blow of missing out on inclusion for the tournament by matter outside of their control and with the season already three games in, he will be looking for consistency.