New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes that Manchester City, can be contenders for the Premier League this season.
Roberto Mancini’s side finished in third place last season, also winning the FA Cup, and have strengthened the squad this summer with the arrivals of defenders Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic, aswell as Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero, for a club record transfer fee of £38m. Furthermore, wantaway striker Carlos Tevez remains at the Etihad Stadium, to add further quality to the squad.
And Villas-Boas believes that the Citizens have enough in their locker to present a title challenge to the Blues and reigning champions Manchester United.
“I think it’s pretty clear that they are building a squad to fight for the title,” Villas-Boas said, speaking in Hong Kong ahead of the Blues Barclays Asia Cup final match against Aston Villa tomorrow.
“It’s for [Roberto] Mancini to say what his objectives are but my personal perspective is that they are making good signings and that they can threaten for the league.
“I think Man United as the title holders will be a reference for everybody but you can see the amount of activity Manchester City have had in the market. It’s pretty clear they have a title objective as well.”
Villas-Boas, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Porto earlier this summer to replace Carlo Ancelotti, following a profitable season at the Estadio Dragao where he guided Porto to a treble (Liga Sagres, Portugese Cup and Europa League) is also aware of the threat posed by Champions League chasing trio Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool, tipping Arsene Wenger’s side to soon begin making moves in the transfer market.
“Liverpool did more or less the same [last season], Tottenham want to get back into the top four, so they’ll be challenging and Arsenal are always a threat – we haven’t seen the last of them in the transfer market.
“Everybody is strengthening and as long as everybody feels happy with what they have, everybody competes in a different way.”