Villas-Boas wants title at Spurs after revealing Chelsea anger
New Tottenham boss says time at Chelsea was 'cut short' and Abramovich 'quit' on him
IT LOOKS like there could be some added spice in the London derby between Spurs and Chelsea this season after new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas aimed a few well directed barbs at his former employers, and said he would "never accept" the decision of Roman Abramovich to dispense with his services last season.
He admitted that he had made mistakes during his eight-month reign at Stamford Bridge but also made it clear that he felt his time there was "cut short".
The Portuguese lifted the lid on what happened when Abramovich gave him is marching orders and said: "I told him that it was him quitting on me when he had been so much involved in the beginning in bringing me in and he was the one, also, who was not putting up to the things he promised."
The events of last season will not be forgotten, said The Guardian. "Villas-Boas insisted that he was not on any personal mission to restore his reputation at Spurs but, speaking for the first time about the heated confrontation with Abramovich in which he was fired, it was clear the frustration remains with him."
However, it could be beneficial at Spurs where Villas-Boas "is prepared to meet expectation head on – and then exceed it," according to The Daily Telegraph. "There is no need for motivation. He has a point to prove. And that includes being title challengers."
The new boss is certainly feeling bullish says the BBC. "Previous manager Harry Redknapp departed after guiding Spurs to fourth, fifth and fourth in the space of three seasons. But Villas-Boas thinks Tottenham can challenge for their first title since 1961."
But how can he avoid the mistakes he made at Chelsea? Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, writing for the London Evening Standard, thinks the answer is simple. "He has to win over the squad, which he failed to do at Chelsea. The vast majority of players there had won more titles than he had. Most of all, they were not willing to listen to a man of his age who, in managerial terms, they regarded as a child."
And the new manager has already begun outlining his vision for next season, admitting that Luka Modric will be sold to provide funds for new players, possibly including Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, while Emmanuel Adebayor could also become a permanent addition to the Spurs squad after spending last season on loan at White Hart Lane.