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Villas-Boas coy on title charge

26 September 2013 17:13

Andre Villas-Boas was coy on Tottenham's chances of winning the Premier League this season ahead of the visit of Chelsea on Saturday.

The White Hart Lane outfit were one of the division's busiest teams in the transfer window, with the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado arriving to pre-empt the world-record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

And Tottenham have got off to a flying start this season, occupying joint top spot after winning four of their first five Premier League fixtures.

They welcome rivals Chelsea to White Hart Lane on Saturday, and manager Villas-Boas says the game will give him an indication of what the club can achieve this term.

However, the Portuguese believes the outcome of the match against the club he managed between June 2011 and March 2012 will not have a "great, great impact" on the season as a whole.

"We want to do well against a team that won the European Cup two years ago, won the Europa League that we wanted so much last season. This is the kind of game that you can measure the kind of challenges you might have," he commented.

"What is happening to us now puts us in a positive mood and we have to collect as many points as possible based on the positive mood we are developing, but it can change very, very quickly.

"At the moment we are on a good run, but there are no clubs on maximum points and this year will be very tight at the top. (Manchester) United are struggling for points, but they have played all the top team at the beginning of the season.

"This will probably become the tightest Premier League in years.

"It's important for everybody (to win this game). It would be extremely good to build on our positive start, especially against a good team."

The fixture sees Villas-Boas come up against Jose Mourinho, for whom he worked as a scout and coach at Porto, Chelsea and Inter.

He said he enjoyed an "excellent" relationship with the former Real Madrid manager, but had to move on to match his personal goals.

"Our break-up point was because I was full of ambition to give him something extra and I wanted further involvement than the job I was doing at that time, which was scouting and match preparation," the 35-year-old added.

"I felt I could give him much more, so my initial idea was to keep on working with him.

"But he didn't feel the need for somebody near to him or in another position as an assistant, and because of that it was decided that it was time, after Inter Milan, to continue our careers (apart)."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
28 September 2013
Game week
6
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
White Hart Lane (London)
Attendance
35857

Goals

G. Sigurðsson 19'
(assist by Soldado) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
65' J. Terry
 (assist by Mata)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
5 64'
20 75'
16
2
19 78'
8
22 19'
17 43'
23 45+2'
9
Coach: André Villas-Boas
# Player Bookings
1
3
26 65'
2 58'
4
8
12
7
17
11
9 51' 81'
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
14
18
6
24
30
11
# Player Bookings
10
14
28
5
23
24
29

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05:39
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02:51
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18:54
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01:04
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Thursday 10 July

23:12
21:57
21:56
21:41
21:10
20:52
20:49
19:49
19:44
18:44
18:21
17:54
17:52
17:43
17:12
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16:43
16:39
16:36
16:35
16:16
15:45
15:41
15:11
14:56
14:42
13:43
13:39
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13:08
13:00
12:27
12:22
11:49
11:34
10:59
10:33
09:58
09:14
08:39
08:35
07:45
06:38
06:36
06:03
05:22
04:30
04:01
02:53
02:05
01:48
01:43
01:33
01:02
00:30

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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