Andre Villas-Boas has refused to be drawn on comments made by his Tottenham Hotspur predecessor Harry Redknapp in which the current Queens Park Rangers boss suggested anyone should be able to succeed at Chelsea, Sky
It was felt by some that Redknapp’s comments – in which he said only a “dope” would fail at Stamford Bridge – were directed at Villas-Boas, who was hired by Chelsea in June 2011, only to be sacked in March of last year after a run of poor results left the Blues’ Champions League future in doubt.
Tottenham, under Redknapp, did eventually finish in fourth place, above Chelsea and ordinarily enough to qualify for the Champions League, but Chelsea’s victory in the competition under Villas-Boas’ successor, Roberto Di Matteo, consigned Spurs to the Europa League.
Redknapp was removed from his post at White Hart Lane shortly after the end of the season and replaced by Villas-Boas, who has thus far taken Tottenham into third place in the Premier League table.
However, Redknapp has recently claimed that some players do not react well to managers who use extensive research on their opponents, a remark also taken by some to be a reference to Villas-Boas’ style, which is noted for its meticulous nature.
Villas-Boas, in reply to Redknapp’s Chelsea comment, said: “Only if you manage a club are you going to find out. You have to be able to access a club like that to experience it. It’s a different type of club. You just have to experience it and to survive it.”
The pair will be in opposition on Saturday as Villas-Boas’ Spurs visit Redknapp’s QPR at Loftus Road, with QPR still bottom of the table, five points adrift of safety.
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