Andre Villas-Boas has admitted there are scores to be settled when Tottenham take on Chelsea tomorrow – but not for him personally.
The build up to the clash at White Hart Lane has been dominated by Villas-Boas coming face to face with Chelsea for the first time since he was sacked by the Stamford Bridge outfit last year.
Villas-Boas, who has helped Spurs pick up four Premier League wins on the bounce going into the game on Saturday, says revenge will be on the mind of Tottenham's supporters, who go up against the team that denied them not only a chance to play in the Champions League but also a place in the FA Cup final last season.
He told BBC Football Focus: “They took Tottenham out of the Champions League, which Tottenham should have been entitled to. This is what should drive the fans in this game.”
Villas-Boas suffered a slow start to life as Tottenham manager, and was booed by some of his own fans after they failed to pick up a win in their first three league games of the season before turning things around.
The Portuguese coach admitted his one flaw as a coach is that he has no time for massaging the egos of star players – but is adamant he will never change his ways.
“I’ve got one big fault,” he said. “Maybe the way I was educated in Porto’s organisation has led me to believe in certain principles that I stick to in my coaching.
“No single individual is bigger than the club. These are words that can come out of your mouth but you have to apply them properly.
“Most of the players at Chelsea were extremely supportive and I never had any problems. In the end it was a tremendous experience, a year of highs and lows.”