It’s widely believed that stars such as Lampard and Terry drove the coach out.
Andre Villas-Boas became the most expensive manager of all time when joining Chelsea from FC Porto in 2011, but was sacked before Christmas after a poor run with the Blues.
Whilst the 35-year-old – now at Tottenham Hotspur – has admitted that the boss under-performed, ahead of the clash between Spurs and their west London rivals at the weekend, AVB reveals senior players at Stamford Bridge were also a problem.
“Chelsea was a good experience to me because it allowed me to understand there are things I could not do,” Villas-Boas was quoted by Sky Sports.
“I was the same coach I was in Porto. I wanted the team to follow my direction but I didn’t find enough support to follow that direction
“Now I manage things a different way with key players. At Chelsea, I treated everyone the same way. But to make such decisions you have to get the club’s support and you can’t find it everywhere.
“Chelsea was an experience to have. It made me stronger. I failed indeed. I had to win and I failed. Was it an impossible mission? It could have been possible, but indeed maybe it was impossible.”
The Spurs boss faces former mentor Jose Mourinho for the first time as a manager when the two sides meet at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Tottenham sit two points ahead of their city rivals in the Premier League having won four games out of five – although their only real test so far, against Arsenal, ended in a 1-0 defeat.
AVB would surely love to win against Mourinho and this game is set to be a great affair for several reasons.
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