Andre Villas-Boas returns to Stamford Bridge tomorrow night for the first time since he was sacked as the manager last March. The 35-year old has spoken before about it and is obviously unhappy with the way he was treated, although he must have known that Abramovich has been going through managers the way most people go through toilet rolls.
His Tottenham side are currently lying outside the Champions League places in fifth place and they desperately need a win to push them above Arsenal. So you would think that AVB would not try to do anything to wind the Chelsea players up and make his task even harder. Well you would be wrong, because the Portuguese coach has suggested that it was the players’ fault he was sacked.
“The experiences of managing Chelsea and Spurs are different and I learned a great lesson from last year,” said Villas-Boas.
“It becomes easier when the players are willing to commit to your ideas. They need to be able to take something from learning new things and also enjoy learning new things that they can use in their game.
“All the players have received me well and, when you receive that sort of openness, you can create a good environment.”
I am sure those words will help you and your team to get a good reception tomorrow Andre! If it was not for Di Matteo steadying the ship last season and steering us to a fantastic Champions League triumph, Chelsea would not have been in this season’s competition and may even have gone into a downward spiral.
AVB seemed to upset a lot of senior players and his tactics were not working, so whose fault is that? His `brilliant` tactics for Tottenham this season seem to consist of giving the ball to Bale and hoping he scores.
We beat them 4-2 at White Hart Lane back in October and we are playing much better now, so hopefully we can do them some serious damage tomorrow. You can be sure the Chelsea players will be fired up for it.