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Unlike the other major contenders, and Arsenal, Tottenham boast no players with the experience of winning the Premier League. In Arsenal's case, that experience lies solely with a manager who is now being constantly questioned by a good number of his fans.
Scott Parker was at Chelsea during their 2004/05 triumph but was nothing more than a backup player. While some players in the squad have won league titles in other countries (Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Gomes fall into that category), that experience only helps so much in the frenetic Premier League.
Andre Villas-Boas brings his treble from Porto to the fold, but, again, the leagues cannot be compared. The ability and know-how to navigate tough stretches in the league, as well as other obligations, lies only with a few within the top sides.
Tottenham may be an exciting team, with a blend of pace, power, creativity and energy, but that alone won't get them to a title.
Manchester may have been in a similar situation, but the likes of Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Nigel De Jong, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Owen Hargeaves and even Mario Balotelli had all won elsewhere before. Tottenham's list pales in comparison.
For comparison, one could also point to Borussia Dortmund's recent history, but that would be flawed as well. There is still less competition for a title in the Bundesliga, and it could be argued that Dortmund have woken the sleeping giant that is Bayern Munich as a result of their triumphs.
There is no doubting that teams without experience can win trophies, but it is much harder. In Tottenham's case, the experienced competition around them makes it extremely difficult.