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Villas-Boas: Spurs not title contenders

ESPN staff
September 30, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas was delighted after Tottenham's first win at Old Trafford since 1989 © Getty Images

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas set his sights on winning silverware during his first season at White Hart Lane, but does not believe the Premier League is a realistic target.

Spurs claimed their first victory at Old Trafford since 1989 as they beat Manchester United 3-2, but Villas-Boas refused to pander to talk of Tottenham as title contenders and set his sights on a top-four finish.

"A couple of days ago, we were exactly the opposite," Villas-Boas said. "This is a very special night for us but our quest is to qualify for the Champions League.

"It is very difficult to go for the title. We understand it is a place where the great teams of this country belong. We want to win a trophy this season - and we want Champions League qualification."

The former Chelsea boss praised his players for their desire after they survived a late United onslaught to claim a third successive league win after picking up only two points from their opening three matches.

"We were tremendous today, the players put in the effort and intensity to get a result," he told ESPN. "You can see from the desire to hold on to such a historic result that we can count on each other to do big things."

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