Villas-Boas: I was “blinded” by my love for Mourinho

By Isoccer Staff

Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas have revealed that he was blinded by his love for Jose Mourinho.

The pair worked together at Stamford Bridge as well as Porto and Inter Milan, with Villas-Boas regarded as a key member of the ‘special one’s” backroom staff at all those clubs.

However, the relationship between the Portuguese duo deteriorated after Villas-Boas elected to go into management midway through Mourinho’s spell with the Serie A giants and the former has lifted the lid on details of the falling out between himself and the Manchester United boss.

“In my formative moments working with Jose was the best time of my life – I was able to learn to many things and working with him takes you to another level,” he told FC Business.

“You fall in love with him and he becomes your idol. I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew and absorb all the information he was giving.

“Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you realise that you’ve been blinded by someone. He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people.

“My consequences were that as a result of the argument or disagreement we had, I started my coaching career.”

Villas-Boas’ managerial career began at Académica in the 2009-10 campaign where he lasted just 12 months before Porto came calling and the led them to a treble in his first season in charge, but once again his stay was brief as he departed for west London after only one year.

His two spells in the Premier League have not been a success as he lasted until March 2012 as manager of the Blues then was sacked by Spurs in December 2013 despite only being appointed 17 months earlier.

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