Andre Villas-Boas: It's nothing personal

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has denied he is looking for revenge when he takes on his former side Chelsea this weekend.


Spurs took on the Portuguese this summer after the Stamford Bridge club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, sacked him for a disastrous start to the Blues season last term.


It was then suggested that Villas-Boas would be keen to hand Roberto di Matteo’s side their first defeat of the Premier League season as some from of retribution, but he dismissed this notion out of hand.


“In the end there is one thing which has been to a certain extent blown out of proportion in some ways - this is certainly not a personal matter,” he is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.


The former Porto boss also endured a tricky start to the season at White Hart Lane, but they are now unbeaten in nine matches and have won their last four Premier League games.


However, this run will be tested when they take on unbeaten Chelsea, though ‘AVB’ was philosophical about the outcome and is not seeing the result as anything more significant than a single won, loss or draw.


“This game is not going to decide the future of both teams in the Premier League - after this game there will be 30 more games to play and both teams will have decisive matches in front of them,” he added.


“It counts as three points. It doesn't win us a trophy.”


Although Villas-Boas dismissed he would be looking for any personal revenge over his former employers, he was open to the idea that his players may want to make a statement after Chelsea’s Champions League triumph last season denied them a place in the competition.


“It is the team who took this club out of the Champions League, this is the team who prevented this team from playing in the FA Cup final last year,” he explained.


“So, in the end, we certainly have ingredients for it to be a spectacular match, hopefully.”

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