Ex-Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas defends his 'arrogant' image in England

Marseille's Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas gestures on the sideline during the French L1 football match between OGC Nice and Olympique de Marseille (OM) on August 28, 2019 at the "...

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is now managing in France.

Daniel Sousa  & André Villas-Boas during an Olympique de Marseille training session at Centre Robert Louis-Dreyfus on August 13, 2019 in Marseille, France.

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that he was wrongly portrayed as 'arragont' during his time managing in England. 

Vilas-Boas had two successful spells at both Tottenham and Chelsea during his time in the Premier League, as he is now manager of Ligue 1 side, Marseille. 


The 41-year-old was appointed the manager of Chelsea in 2011 - but he didn't last in the job too long because he was sacked less than a year later. 

He then joined Spurs during the summer of 2012, but after a stint in the Europa League, he parted ways with the club in December 2013.

He is now trying to revive his career across Europe and has made a healthy start at his new club, but he did feel that there is the wrong image about him in England. 

Olympique Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet (R) celebrates with Olympique Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas during the second match in the French Ligue 1 preseason football tournament...

“The thing is that, sometimes, in England, people sold an image of me that’s got nothing to do with me," said Villas-Boas, as quoted by TalkSport. "They portrayed me as arrogant, distant. When I first arrived at Tottenham, we won a few games at the start. Things go well and I win Manager of the Month.

"Then a newspaper says, ‘Andre has changed so much that now he’s in Harrods at 2 pm. He’s not obsessed with work. It was my day off! I was there on my day off. The journalist who wrote that saw me there by chance. It’s just incredible.”

Given his unsuccessful spells at both Chelsea and Tottenham, it is fair to say that the reaction to his recent comments aren't all positive from fans. 

Some believe that Villas-Boas just simply wasn't good enough for England's top-flight, as Tottenham have come a long way since those days. 

Following a small stint from Tim Sherwood, Mauricio Pochettino joined Spurs, as they are now regulars in the Champions League, with one of the best starting XI's in England's top-flight.

Nonetheless, here is a selection of Tottenham fans reacting to those Villas-Boas' comments: 

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