Andre Villas-Boas has criticised Frank Lampard for failing to support him as Chelsea manager, says Sky
The Tottenham Hotspur boss had an ill-fated nine-month spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in the 2011/12 season before being sacked by Blues owner Roman Abramovich with the club fifth in the league in March 2012.
And ahead of the Portuguese’s first return to west London on Wednesday, Villas-Boas has hit out at midfielder Lampard for his refusal to support him.
Villas-Boas said: “Yes, there was a lack of support from Frank Lampard but his ability and quality were never in doubt. Whether the Chelsea players supported me does not matter right now. And probably being sacked made me a better manager.”
Spurs will arrive at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening two points behind their top-four rivals Chelsea and need three points to maintain their Champions League qualification hopes.
Villas-Boas continued: “Going back is not very special for me. We have beaten all the big teams apart from Chelsea. Now we have the opportunity to put destiny in our hands.”
A victory for Tottenham will lift them to fourth in the Premier League, leapfrogging bitter rivals Arsenal in the process.
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