Villa-Boas Revealed He No Longer Talk to Mourinho

“We had a great personal and professional relationship. It broke down. We don’t talk now” says AVB of his old boss before weekend clash
Andre Villas-Boas admits his relationship with former mentor Jose Mourinho has “broken down”, but added: “I don’t lose any sleep.”

Tottenham coach Villas-Boas will pits his wits against the Special One, who he worked under at three clubs over seven years, for the first time when Chelsea visit the White Hart Lane side on Saturday.

AVB was a scout for Portuguese countryman Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan before launching his own management career.
But these days the two are barely on speaking terms.

“We had a great personal and professional relationship before that we don’t have now,” said the 35-year-old. “I don’t think we need explanations on friendship and personal relationships. But our relationship broke down.

“I think we have the mutual respect for each other, and we understand what we have been through cannot just disappear, but it’s not like it was before.

“We don’t talk now. We talked at the Premier League managers’ meeting in August, but not since then. I don’t lose any sleep.”

AVB will not even share a glass of wine with Mourinho after the game, as the Spurs boss will immediately leave to be “guest of honour” at his former club Porto’s 120th anniversary celebrations.

However, Mourinho, who made the club European champions in 2004 before leaving to boss Chelsea, is not expected to attend the function.
AVB lasted only 40 games at Stamford Bridge in 2011-12, and now Mourinho is encountering similar problems in changing the culture of the west London club.

“I don’t care about Chelsea,” Villas-Boas stated. “It’s not my responsibility.”

The simmering tension between the two ex-friends was evident long before the build-up to this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash at White Hart Lane.

Mourinho took great delight in signing Willian after he had completed a medical at Spurs – and AVB cheekily asked about the availability of Juan Mata before the transfer window closed.

On Thursday, Villas-Boas was keen to establish clear blue water between between him and the Chelsea coach, both in a long interview for French newspaper L’Equipe – and during his pre-match briefing at Spurs Lodge.

“The comparisons are difficult to accept for different reasons,” said the 35-year-old. “When you start a coaching career, everyone looks at where you came from. I learned from Jose Mourinho but I’m completely different from him in terms of personality, methods of work and communication. We have different philosophies.

“Of course, Jose was very important in my career, and he gave me experience I would not have had with anyone else. We had a great working relationship, we won, but as soon as we split, I started to do things my way.

“I don’t want to analyse the philosophy of Jose. My philosophy is to have attacking teams, who take the initiative, who like to have the ball. It doesn’t matter the match – you play to win and sometimes you pay the price.”

That certainly sounds different from arch-pragmatist Mourinho, who played without a striker to secure a goalless draw at Old Trafford.
AVB was asked if there was anything in his fellow Portuguese’s style that he deliberately avoided.

“I’m not sure if I can give you that answer because you will put it in a negative way,” he smiled. “I think there are things that we do dramatically differently but it’s more for you to investigate and write. “

AVB added: “Our break-up point was because I was full of ambition to give him something extra and I wanted further involvement for the job I was doing at that time, which was scouting and match preparation.

“But he felt he did not need to have someone alongside him. Therefore, I decided to think about my own career.”

Villas-Boas took over at lowly Portuguese club Academica Coimbra – before following in Mourinho’s footsteps in management at Porto and arriving at Chelsea in 2011.

He was fired in March 2012 after a dressing-room rebellion.

But the Tottenham boss insists he is now a better manager as he took a thinly-veiled swipe at the Blues old guard.

“Chelsea was an experience for me because it allowed me to understand that there are some things I could not do,” he said.

“I was just the same coach as at Porto.

“I had a direction I wanted the team to follow. But I did not have enough support to follow this direction.

“It was a good thing, in the end, because this experience has taught me a lot and now in Tottenham, I do things differently.

“I learned in a school (Porto) where the team was more important than any player. But now I’m more rounded, I maybe deal better with the important players. I treated everyone the same way at Chelsea.

“For you to stick to such a decision, you need the support of the club, and you don’t find that everywhere. In Porto, yes.

“It was an experience that I had to live. It made me very strong.

“I failed, it is true. I had to win and I failed. It could have been possible but it was perhaps impossible.”

Another difference from Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea.

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