Andre Villas-Boas who was under the apprentice-ship of Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter has revealed that he has fallen out with the Chelsea manager and no longer considers him a friend.
Jose has hit back at the former Chelsea manager for revealing that to the media. Jose on the eve of the game said:
“I don’t discuss this with the media, it’s a personal thing. I don’t care what he says. I’m not here to do that. I’m not interested.”
Jose accused AVB of being a ‘kid’ and not acting like an adult. Jose said:
“I am not a kid – if I have a problem with someone I go upstairs, we speak and we have lunch.”
Jose drew a comparison of the relationship with AVB to that of Louis Van Gaal. Jose was Van Gaal’s assistant at Barcelona and in 2010 while in charge of Inter in 2010 defeated in Bayern side in the Champions League Final.
“I managed a Champions League final against a manager who was important in my career and taught me to grow up and I did it in a professional way. And that is a way you have to do it,” Jose said
“I have had so many assistants in my career. I was always an open book to them and with the coaches in the academy. Will I go for a glass of wine with him? When people invite me I always go. I never refuse. But I have nothing more to say on this.”
Jose however does admit that Spurs are genuine title contenders this season and have narrowed the gap at the top of the table. Although they have sold Bale but they added enough quality to the squad to mount a challenge.
“You win titles with squads, not with an especially good player, so Tottenham are bigger contenders than before.”
Meanwhile Jose was quite impressed with the display put up by Juan Mata vs Swindon.
“I liked the way Juan Mata played against Swindon. His attitude is very good and his effort was good. When a player makes an effort to come in my direction then I go to him as well. I can imagine from now him working into my way of thinking and I think the natural tendency will for him to be in the team.”
Jose has also admitted that he will prioritize the fixture vs Manchester City after the Capital One cup tie vs Arsenal was moved to 29th Oct. He said:
“I will prioritise. We will play the kids (at Arsenal). It’s a chance for them.”