Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has told France Football that he was disappointed after being sacked as manager at Stamford Bridge, but understands why Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had to make the decision.
Villas-Boas came to England with a reputation that would put fear into rival clubs after his astonishing feats at FC Porto. But, the Portuguese coach then endured a horrid eight months in west London.
It was a spell which saw AVB try to add some youth to an ageing squad, but that resulted in the older senior players turning against him.
The man who replaced Villas-Boas - his assistant Roberto di Matteo - then led the Blues to their first ever Champions League triumph just two months after AVB was relieved of his duties. But, despite winning the FA Cup along with the European Cup, Di Matteo befell the same fate as his predecessor.
"I watched it [Champions League final], but not right to the end. There were players in the dressing room that I liked a lot, and to whom I could only wish the best," Villas-Boas said.
"It wasn't easy for me to leave. I congratulated certain people with whom I'd worked there, those who had given everything, who were my friends."
Chelsea paid an incredible €15million to Porto to bring Villas-Boas to the club, and the 35-year-old only wishes that Abramovich would have given him more time to turn things around at Chelsea.
"I think that I could have been given the chance to continue. But I'm well aware that the change was the only way to have an impact in terms of results," he added.
"When you're in that negative spiral, there are two sorts of reaction: either you stick to your project for the future and the people who are part of it, or you want immediate success. In that case, you have to change everything."
Villas-Boas took over from Harry Redknapp at the Tottenham helm last summer, and the north London side currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table, just one point behind Chelsea in third.
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