Villas-Boas insists Mourinho relationship breakdown has no effect on Tottenham-Chelsea fixture

Andre Villas-Boas has insisted that the breakdown of his relationship with former mentor and colleague Jose Mourinho will have no bearing on the Premier League fixture between their respective teams, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Villas-Boas also expanded on the reasons for the disintegration of the bond between the two but when asked how much of an effect the pairs’ storied past would have on the match between their teams, Villas-Boas’ reply was simple: “”In my opinion not a lot,” he said.

In the end we try to serve the players as much as we can,” he continued. “The game is theirs and the history of both clubs completely surpasses our achievements. I would say that we should, in my opinion, be secondary figures to a spectacular game that means a lot to the fans and much more to the players.

As well as coming up against his former friend, Villas-Boas is welcoming his former employers to White Hart Lane, after a short spell at Stamford Bridge that began in June 2011 and ended in March 2012. The newspaper adds that Villas-Boas accused Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich of quitting on him, but a reporter asking Villas-Boas about the prospect of taking on his old club was given short shrift. “I don’t care about Chelsea,” the Spurs boss replied.

Villas-Boas goes into the game with his Tottenham side second in the early Premier League table, level on points with Arsenal but trailing marginally on goal difference. Chelsea are fourth, two points behind, and could go top of the table with a win in north London.

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