Andre Villas-Boas has commented on the positive vibes at Spurs and how building a two-way street relationship with his players has seen the club improve ahead of his huge Stamford Bridge return this week.
AVB was widely reported to have a difficult relationship with the senior players in west London, but has quickly established himself as the true leader at White Hart Lane.
Speaking to Yahoo! in a press release sent to GiveMeFootball, Villas-Boas said: "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 Portuguese coach returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he was sacked by Roman Abramovich just nine months into his ambitious project with the Blues. But, despite the 'failure' at Chelsea, he's moved on quickly and is enjoying his time with Spurs.
"On a personal note the season has been good for me, that's not what matters most, though, the club is what matters most and their ambitions and desire to move forward," he added.
The former Chelsea manager also commented on what he learnt from his time at the Bridge, admitting: "The experiences are different and I learned a great lesson from last year. 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."
Gareth Bale, the double PFA award winner, has obviously a massive influence on the successes at Tottenham this term, but the gaffer was quick to say how much easier it is when all members are pulling in the right direction.
The hustle and bussle of the Premier League is something AVB is quickly learning about, in his second job in England he's stated: "There are always things to refine. It can be difficult sometimes because the nature of the Premier League means it is driven by passion and emotion, it is a game that can be influenced more by aspects of motivation and mindset than any other league in the world; this is what makes the Premier League the product that it is."
AVB explained Spurs' Europa League campaign will only help his squad to improve and keep pushing them to succeed and gain European football next season.
Wednesday night's clash at the Bridge certainly appears to have Champions League football riding on it, and should be a brilliant football spectacle if recent form is anything to go on.
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