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Mourinho suffering the same problems as AVB did

Are Chelsea's prospective manager and their former one, now the boss of Tottenham actually that different?

At a glance, Andre Villas-Boas is perceived by far to be the inferior of Jose Mourinho, for he has not won any Champions League trophies while 'The Special One' has two, not to mention several league titles.

Yet over in Portugal, AVB is held in even higher esteem by fans of FC Porto, where he was recently voted 'Coach of the Century' after leading them to a treble in 2011, of domestic league, cup, and Europa League.

That success was enough to see him hired as Chelsea manager, but his failure there, an inability to last a season became yet another area where he compared unfavourably with 'The Special One'.

But as Mourinho prepares to make his return to Chelsea, it's fair to say he too is fallible - in the very same way AVB was.

While we are not saying Mourinho will struggle to handle the various ego's in the Chelsea squad as Villas-Boas could not, exactly the same fate has befallen him in Madrid.

While the likes of Ashley Cole were not shy in criticising the tactics of AVB - 'too many instructions', he said, while a number of senior stars were agitated by the boss' plan to phase them out so quickly.

He left behind an unhappy dressing room, or at least one which was reported to be finally happy when he had gone, leaving Roberto di Matteo to unify the squad.

But really that's nothing compared to the strife Jose Mourinho will leave behind at Real Madrid this summer, for he has proved as fallible as anybody when trying to contain the ego's which exist at the Bernabeu.

It has even been claimed that just three players back Mourinho, while his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo remains a mystery - with the refusal of CR7 to renew his contract and his recent admission that he 'does not care' if the manager departs.

His biggest controversy has been dropping goalkeeping icon Iker Casillas for the unheralded Adan, and when he got injured, signing Diego Lopez instead.

Lopez has been superb, but the fact Casillas still can't get a look in has seen Mourinho criticised by past players, and even present ones - with defender Pepe publicly stating that the 'keeper does not deserve to be treated the way he is.

Now can you imagine a defender at Manchester United calling out Sir Alex Ferguson? No chance.

It says everything about the troubles Mourinho has experienced at Real, that after three seasons he has not been able to unify his squad, and his mystique has certainly lost some of it's edge.

It's why he appears so desperate to return to Chelsea, to get away from it all. But in reflecting on Mourinho's inability to control the Madrid squad, AVB may just want to crack himself a wry smile. 

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