Ex-Chelsea boss has a sly dig at his old employers in west London.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has raised the stakes ahead of his much-anticipated return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night by claiming that Chelsea are still a club in “turmoil”, reports the Daily Mirror.
The Portuguese was sacked by the west London club last February before taking over at White Hart Lane last summer, and now Villas-Boas makes his first return to the Blues since their controversial parting of the ways.
And what is more, the Premier League encounter between the two arch London rivals holds huge significance, being in effect a play-off to decide which team qualifies for next season’s Uefa Champions League.
At present, Rafa Benitez’s men lead Tottenham by just three points with now only three top-flight fixtures left to play this campaign, the first of which comes this midweek at the Bridge.
And with the north London club also trailing bitter rivals Arsenal in fourth place by two points, albeit having played a game less than Arsene Wenger’s men, nothing but a win will do for the Portuguese.
“Chelsea is going through the same turmoil of managers after I left. So it makes me a little bit calmer to understand how they work,” said Villas-Boas.
“I was another manager that just passed by.
“I spent three great years on the staff. When I was given more responsibility I wasn’t given time enough, so it means absolutely nothing.
“I have great friends who I don’t want to undermine by what I’m saying. I have great friends there, people who I have a great relationship with and players who gave everything for me so it’s going to be good to see them.”