Andre Villas-Boas has landed the first blow ahead of Tottenham's showdown with Chelsea on Wednesday - claiming his current side have shown they are receptive to new ideas, unlike the Blues during his time there.
The Portuguese boss endured an unhappy spell at Chelsea last season, lasting eight months before being sacked by owner Roman Abramovich amidst rumours of disharmony amongst his squad over his coaching philosophy.
Now he faces returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his departure with the chance to boost Spurs' hopes of securing a Champions League spot while damaging Chelsea's with just three games to go.
Villas-Boas aimed a sly dig at Chelsea by claiming that since he took over at Spurs in the summer, he has found his players 'willing to commit' to his ideas.
“This season has been good for me. I’ve found it extremely good here," he told reporters.
“It was good to be back in England after last year. I’ve been very well received by everybody, particularly this group of players, whose drive and ambition towards achieving results has been tremendous.
“It becomes easier when the players are willing to commit to your ideas, they need to be able to take something from learning new things and also enjoy learning new things that they can use in their game.
“All the players have received me well and, when you receive that sort of openness, you can create a good environment.”
The north London club sit two points outside the top four, behind rivals Arsenal with their game in hand against Chelsea - who are in third and are three points ahead of the north London club - on Wednesday.
Villas-Boas admitted he made mistakes during his time in charge of Chelsea, but insists he is a better manager because of the experience as he looks to take Spurs to European football's elite competition.
“The experiences of managing Chelsea and Spurs are different and I learned a great lesson from last year," he continued.
“There are things I do dramatically different and things that I do exactly the same because you still have to stay true to your principles.
“The Chelsea experience allowed me to see things in a different way and helped me address the mistakes I made — that always allows you to develop on a personal and a professional level.”
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