Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has hailed his former mentor Jose Mourinho as the greatest manager of all time.

Mourinho has won an impressive 20 trophies since he took over at Porto in 2002, while he became the first manager in history to win league titles in three different major European leagues.

Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto while comparisons have been drawn between the pair after both enjoyed success in the hot seat with Porto before moving on to take charge at Chelsea.

Villas-Boas, who half-way through his first season at Spurs and has helped guide them into 4th place ahead of Arsenal heading into the new year, praised Mourinho for the effect he had on his own coaching career, and said he deserved to be remembered as the greatest manager of all time.

"Mourinho is perhaps the best coach of all time", he told Brazilian newspaper Lancenet.

"[Working with Mourinho] was a unique experience. It's difficult to find someone with so much professionalism, dedication and knowledge of the game.

"Luckily, he saw in me a good professional in the studying of matches and of opponents. It was a privilege to work with him and learn his training methods.”

However Villas-Boas was quick to dismiss comparisons between the two by insisting he does not try and imitate his former mentor.

They're made by people outside the game," he commented.

"We're not concerned with seeming like anybody or working with anybody. We might have ways of leading which people could think are similar, but it's not imitation. I'm not worried about that."

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