Villas-Boas talks about Mourinho before Chelsea-Tottenham clash
As London heats up for the mega-derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed the reason behind his decision to move out of the shadows of Jose Mourinho. Villas-Boas believes Mourinho doesn’t “feel the need to have someone next to him” in order to acquire success.
In preparation of the match Saturday game against Chelsea, Villas-Boas let L’Equipe have a special interview. Villas-Boas, who used to work under Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, returned to Chelsea at a managerial capacity but in a year’s time he found himself out of a job.
Consequently, Villas-Boas joined Tottenham Hotspur and has led the club to new heights. Villas-Boas further revealed that he finally decided to leave his the self-proclaimed “Chosen One” during the 2009-10 season to become manager of Academica Coimbra.
“I was never his number two,” Villas-Boas said. “I was part of his staff, but I was never his assistant. That's one of the reasons we went our separate ways. I thought I could give him a lot more, but he didn't feel the need to have someone next to him. So I decided to give myself freedom and think about my career, which wasn't difficult. Yes, there are similarities: Porto, Chelsea. But he has had a lot of success at Chelsea and I didn't have a good experience there.”
Villas-Boas rose to fame from the same place as Mourinho. The Portuguese tactician won a treble with Porto before moving to Chelsea, but after leading a miserable campaign with the Blues the management sacked Villas-Boas.
“The comparisons are difficult to accept for different reasons,” Villas-Boas added. “When you start your coaching career, everyone looks at where you come from. I learned with Jose Mourinho, but I'm completely different to him in terms of personality, way of working and communication.
“We have different philosophies. Of course, Jose has been very important in my career, he's enabled me to step back and look at things, and given me experience that I would not have been able to have with anyone else. We had a super working relationship, we won, but as soon as we parted ways, I started doing things my way. The comparisons come from the media. And the first difference is our personalities.”