The Portuguese Spurs boss told France Football,
“What we are doing at Tottenham with my staff is a reaction to Chelsea, an echo to the mistakes we made.”
The treble-winning former Porto coach who won the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Portuguese Cup and the Europa League title in 2011, was hired and fired in the space of 9 months last season before the Blues went on to win the FA Cup and the Champion’s League under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo.
“Not everything we did there was wrong, but we could have done better. It has not affected the way I am viewing football, but I admit I thought a lot about it,” he conceded.
The tone had a distinct sense of regret but, at the same time, he seems to have taken the positives from a negative situation and now appears to have learned from the mistakes he made at Stamford Bridge and is exorcizing his demons through his thorough and impressive work so far at White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas took over from Harry Redknapp who is now tasked with salvaging the Premier League ambitions of struggling relegation candidates Queen’s Park Rangers.
The Englishman had taken Spurs from a similar position back in 2008 and marched the North Londoners back up the table where they qualified for Champion’s League football in the 2009/10 season after wining the Premier League Manager of the Year award.
Spurs narrowly and somewhat cruelly missed out on Champion’s League qualification this season, despite finishing fourth behind Arsenal, Chelsea’s triumph over Bayern Munich last year meant the European champions took Spurs’ place in the competition despite placing 6th in the league.
Now, under Villas-Boas reign Spurs are definitely in the mix to qualify at the end of this season. Currently playing in the Europa League and contending for the FA Cup, they sit reasonably comfortably in 4th place just one point behind Chelsea and 3 points clear of Everton.
Villas-Boas obviously still hurts from his time at Chelsea where he believes he was not given enough of an opportunity to succeed.
“I should have been given an opportunity to go on, but I am aware that, considering the results, change is the only way to make an impact.”
However, whilst the manager’s pride may have been bruised by the unfortunate situation, Spurs fans can undoubtedly consider themselves the lucky beneficiaries of the situation.
Chelsea’s loss has now most certainly become Spurs’ gain.
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