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Villas-Boas: All eyes on Mourinho next season

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Andre Villas-Boas says he is looking forward to the return of his former mentor Jose Mourinho to the Premier League.

Mourinho and Villas-Boas worked together at Chelsea and Inter Milan before the current Spurs boss struck out on his own.

Villas-Boas has followed in the footsteps of Mourinho and taken charge of two of his former sides, Porto and Chelsea.

Now with Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge of Chelsea the two Portuguese coaches will come head to head for the first time.

Villas-Boas, who guided Tottenham to a record Premier League points haul last term but just missed out on Champions League qualification, says he is looking forward to pitting his wits against Mourinho next season.

"It won't be possible to take your eyes away from Mourinho," he said in an interview with Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

"One of his characteristics, and I don't say it in a negative way, is to deviate attentions, positive and negative, in such a way that the team is only worried about winning."

Villas-Boas will be looking to guide his side into the top four next season after missing out to rivals Arsenal by a single point last time round.

The 35-year-old believes things will be a lot more interesting at the top this time round with Sir Alex Ferguson retiring from his role at Manchester United and with Mourinho back in the mix.

"These are two deep changes to English football...it will be interesting," he continued.

"The fear that came from playing Alex Ferguson's sides made everything harder and that may still continue if (Moyes's) adaptation is fast. That is something I am curious to see".

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