Abramovich the reason for my Chelsea failure, says Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has pinned the blame for his dismal tenure at Chelsea at the feet of the owner of the Champions League winners, Roman Abramovich, the Independent has reported.

Villas-Boas spent only nine months in the Stamford Bridge hot seat, arriving in June 2011 and being sacked in March 2012 after a poor run of form threatened Chelsea’s participation in the Champions League. With whispers of player power dogging Villas-Boas’ time at Chelsea, the 34-year-old has said he can never accept Abramovich’s decision to fire him.

The Portuguese added: “I told him that for me it was him quitting on me when he had been so much involved in the beginning in bringing me in and he was the one who also was not putting up to the things he promised.” Villas-Boas noted that while critics may point to the success of Roberto Di Matteo, his replacement, in winning the FA Cup and Champions League, without Villas-Boas they would not have still been in those competitions in the first place.

Despite the unhappy end to his time at Chelsea Villas-Boas admitted he was thankful for the experience, claiming to have learnt a great deal from it.

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