Spurs’ Andre Villas-Boas backs Blues to come good under former mentor Mourinho.
Tottenham’s boss Andre Villas-Boas has backed Jose Mourinho to turn Chelsea into a ‘winning team’ again – ahead of the Blues’ visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Mourinho has not enjoyed the best start to his second spell at Stamford Bridge, losing in the league at Everton and at home to FC Basel in the Champions League.
The ‘Special One’ has wasted no time in imposing his methods on the Blues’ squad and the 50-year-old has made some controversial decisions, including restricting the playing time of the club’s two-time player of the year Juan Mata.
But Villas-Boas, who worked under Mourinho in his first spell at Chelsea, as well as at Porto and Inter Milan, has backed Chelsea to improve once Mourinho has fully implemented his ideas in West London.
“I think this Chelsea team is still being built around Jose’s ideas,” he said.
“There have been dramatic changes since he left.
“A couple of the players are still the same but they have so many creative players now, so much technical flair – not so many of the players that we were able to recognise in the first years under Jose from 2004-07.
“The type of [deals] that they have done in the market is a bit different through these years. I think they’re still bonding together as a team and, with all of Jose’s abilities, he will be able to fine-tune the team to become a winning team because he has done that through most of his career.”