Why Andre Villas-Boas Is Setting Himself Up for Failure at Spurs
The less said about his time at Stamford Bridge the better, because let's be honest, he got it completely wrong.
It wasn't all down to him—obviously, the game is won by the players on the pitch—but he ultimately created his own downfall.
From ridiculous team selections to fall outs with senior players at the club, he orchestrated his own demise at Chelsea and left Roman Abramovich with few other options than to show him the door.
He spoke a big game when he arrived at Chelsea and, to put it nicely, he failed miserably.
So, why is he doing the same thing at Tottenham before even one game?
He has been talking up his new club, which is understandable, but his digs at the Chelsea set-up make him look like a sulking child.
At a recent press conference, he spoke of how Spurs is a better run club than Chelsea and complained about how the Chelsea fat cats made a scapegoat of him. From the Daily Mail:
There is more of a sense of belonging to a club. This (Tottenham Hotspur) is a club full of tradition, which I am still learning about and have to admire.
Chelsea has its own tradition that has changed dramatically since it was bought in 2003, and there is a sense of belonging here at Spurs, which I want to use in a different way.
I think with an owner that is involved on a daily basis at the football club, with his knowledge, that is the main difference.
They are not looking for certain scapegoats, and when so many people are striving forward, it makes your job easier.
The thing is that what we were doing (at Chelsea) in terms of the project, words did not meet the actions, so I think I was cut short.
First of all, to imply Spurs is a better run club after being there for less than a month is a bit premature, because if his results at Spurs are anything like his ones at Chelsea, Daniel Levy won't have any problem sacking him.
Secondly, after Villas-Boas' departure from Chelsea, his second in command, Roberto Di Matteo, managed to win two trophies...with exactly the same players.
As a man who seems intelligent, he should just forget his time at Chelsea (the fans have) and move on and try to build his new team.
He is making himself look a bit classless, and I doubt that Spurs fans are happy to see their new manager rabbiting on about one of their rivals.
Villas-Boas clearly has a good football brain, but he should leave the talking to his players and let his managerial skills speak for themselves.
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