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2012-13 champions Manchester United.
The biggest obstacle in Tottenham being a Premier League title contender in 2013-14 will be the strength of their rivals. As good as Villas-Boas' side might potentially be, others are shaping up well for it to be a most competitive campaign.
One thing on Spurs' side is consistency. They will almost certainly have the same manager as before, so the players will have a clear understanding of what is expected of them.
Sir Alex Ferguson's departure at Manchester United means the newly crowned champions do not have that luxury. All the same, even with David Moyes coming in as manager (and the settling in period that might entail) they will still be a top team full of young players who are only going to get better—Phil Jones, Rafael, Shinji Kagawa, David de Gea etc.
Attempting to reclaim their title will be Man City. The uncertainty over who their manager will be next season will affect their build-up to the season. Rest assured, whoever is in charge will be managing a squad likely to be bolstered by some expensive, big-name signings.
Chelsea look in good shape playing-wise. What is primarily needed is clear leadership. Should they get that (perhaps again with Jose Mourinho), they will get the focus needed to make the most of the talent they possess.
Arsenal should expect to be coached by Arsene Wenger. But should they finish outside the top four, the reaction of the Gunners fans and what that might mean for the Frenchman could be interesting. If they do, Wenger and the club have been talking big about their plans to spend on some quality signings.
This is before we even get to Liverpool, Everton or any potential surprise package up the top of the Premier League table.
If Spurs come out on top of this lot, they will have earned it. Just being among the top four again would have to be regarded as an achievement.