Villas-Boas lauds Chelsea boss Rafa for steering the club into the right direction
Andre Villas-Boas claims Chelsea has seen success under Rafael Benitez, who took over the club under stormy conditions. The former Chelsea manager claims Rafael Benitez has provided Chelsea with stability and success which will prove to be quite helpful for the next manager.
The Portuguese manager of Tottenham Hotspur cast his vote for the former Liverpool manager to become the permanent boss of Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez is packing his bags for his departure from Chelsea. The Spaniard was interested in becoming manager of the club soon after his arrival, but in recent days Rafael Benitez admits he is no mood to take over the London hot-seat.
On the other hand, Andre Villas-Boas is preparing to make his first return to Chelsea since the getting fired in March last year. The White Hart Lane boss claims he has no mixed feelings on his return to Stamford Bridge. The former Porto manager also admits that it must have been difficult for Rafael Benitez “when he accepted the interim manager position”.
“Rafa agreed the position of interim manager. It was a difficult situation for him to be in, but you have to say he has been successful because the club's minimum objective is in his grasp going into this game,” Andre Villas-Boas said in his pre-match press conference at the Enfield training facility.
“It is very difficult for me to judge the job he has done, it was difficult for him when he accepted the interim manager position. I have respect for the difficulties that he has gone through.”
Andre Villas-Boas admitted it was difficult to fathom what the reaction of the Chelsea crowd would be when he resumes his place on the touchline on Wednesday. The Portuguese boss also praised Rafael Benitez for getting past unhappy fans and controlling the unhappy Chelsea supporters.
“He made public is frustrations and that made it easier for him to work more comfortably, as it was affecting the team's balance,” Andre Villas-Boas said. “For a manager to get past the frustrations of the fans is difficult, but the fans represent the passion and emotion in football and they are entitled to their opinions.
“For me, (the return to Stamford Bridge) is not very special. It is a club I have gone past and I have good and bad memories. It was a period that did not finish the way that I would have liked.
“Before I was manager there, I was in Jose's (Mourinho) team and I had some wonderful years there. Probably the ones that I spent there as a manager aren't that special.”