'Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, not Mourinho v AVB', says player

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Weekend fixture will not be overshadowed by managerial rivalry, according to Blue centre back.

The individual rivalry shared between current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas could spill over when the two sides clash on Saturday lunch-time, however, Blues defender David Luiz has insisted that the main story of the match will be team on team rather than battles between individuals.

'It is Tottenham versus Chelsea, not Mourinho versus Villas-Boas,' Luiz is quoted by the Independent to have said.

Villas-Boas, a long-time colleague of Mourinho's during the latter's time at FC Porto, his first spell at Chelsea and even Internazionale, is now forging his own highly-reputable career in coaching.

The 35-year-old became the youngest ever manager to win a European title, the Europa League in 2011, had an underwhelming experience at Stamford Bridge but is now punctuating his reputation as one of the continent's most revered bosses at Spurs.

During the (short-lived) club collaboration between Tottenham and Real Madrid, a partnership that was designed to see the sharing of ideas, Villas-Boas asked if he would call then Los Blancos manager Mourinho. 'I don't have his number,' he succinctly replied.

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While relations are by no means hostile, they will perhaps be under the heat of the spotlight due to the manner in which Chelsea were able to sign Brazilian forward Willian when the player had already undergone a medical at White Hart Lane earlier in the season.

Regardless there are other intriguing plot-lines to the upcoming drama. Most notably, the two London sides both have ambitions on the top spot in the league table and, should one defeat the other, they will take it, putting pressure on Manchester City and Arsenal who will play at 15:00 and 17:30, respectively.

'It will be a fantastic derby,' Luiz continued. 'Everyone will want to watch this game, everyone will want to play in this game. It will be fantastic.'

On the money-laden make-up of the new-look Spurs side, Luiz said: 'They have a great team, it is always so difficult to play against them and this season is the same. We need to play to win because we want to be top of the table.'

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