Villas-Boas impressed by Levy

Andre Villas-Boas has spoken of his first impressions at his new club, praising the chairman Daniel Levy for his running of the club.

Quoted on Sky Sports, the Portuguese manager has expressed his pleasure at working with Levy and the freedom with which he feels he can now work:

“I met the chairman, and saw the way he goes about his business at the club. He know what he is doing, approaching the market in a different way is a person of great football understanding and he had the effect of giving me the assurance I wanted in terms of building something.”

Many feel that his comments are as much admiration for his new boss as they are a jibe at his former. The 34-year-old was sacked by Chelsea in March of this year after failing to impress owner Roman Abramovic, even going as far as to have the Blues in a precarious position regarding qualification for next seasons Champions League. Speaking further Villas-Boas said:

“The thing is that what were doing [at Chelsea] in terms of the project, words did not meet actions, so I think I was cut short. All of us are emotional, and we all respond in a different way to sentiments of ambitions and revenge, but it would be a wrong step I were to take it that way.”

Chelsea went on to win the FA Cup and the Champions League after the former Porto boss was sacked, a feat which many feel was the catalyst to Villas-Boas’ predecessor Harry Redknapp being dismissed after Spurs were denied qualification to Europe’s top competition thanks to a rule which gives the holders the right to defend their trophy.

Although the new Tottenham boss doesn’t feel that there is a point to prove between him and Chelsea there will be those that look to his new regime to see if his spell at Stamford Bridge was a blip or the start of a pattern. The two sides first meet this season is on October 20th at White Hart Lane.

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