Tottenham boss unhappy with Mourinho comparisons

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Andre Villas-Boas says he is tired of being compared to Jose Mourinho ahead of Tottenham's clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho at both Chelsea and Inter Milan before striking out on his own.

The pair have a frosty relationship now, with Villas-Boas recently admitting he doesn't even have his countryman's phone number anymore.

They will be pitted against one another for the first time in their careers at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but aside from their nationality and the fact they worked together, Villas-Boas, speaking in a wide-ranging interview with L''Equipe, says he has nothing in common with the Chelsea manager.

"Comparisons with Mourinho are difficult to accept for several reasons," he said.

"I learnt with Jose Mourinho, but I am completely different with my character, my working methods and my communication.

"We have different philosophies. Of course Jose has been very important in my career, he gave me experience I could not get with anyone else. We have a great professional relationship, but as soon as we parted I started to do things my own way.

"My philosophy is to have attacking teams that have initiative in the game, that like to keep the ball. Any match we play to win it and sometimes we pay for that."

Spurs currently sit joint-top in the Premier League with four wins out of five so far, while Chelsea are two points back in 3rd despite getting off to their worst start in the Roman Abramovich era.

Mourinho is back in the hot-seat in west London following a host of managers quickly being handed their marching orders in recent seasons, including Villas-Boas.

"Chelsea was a good experience to me because it allowed me to understand there are things I could not do," he revealed. "I was the same coach I was in Porto. I wanted the team to follow my direction but I didn't find enough support to follow that direction.

"That experience taught me a lot and now at Tottenham I do things a different way. It is a matter of dynamics: if you win on the weekend, the leaders will follow you. And at Chelsea you are quickly under big pressure.

"Now I manage things a different way with key players. At Chelsea, I treated everyone the same way. But to make such decisions you have to get the club's support and you can't find it everywhere. At Porto, you get it.

"Chelsea was an experience to have. It made me stronger. I failed indeed. I had to win and I failed. Was it an impossible mission? It could have been possible, but indeed maybe it was impossible."

The former Porto coach also hinted that the reason that he split with Mourinho was because he was not handed more responsibility during their time working together.

"I was not Mourinho's number two, I was part of his staff in several clubs, but I never was his assistant," he said.

"That is one of the reasons why we parted. I thought I could give him a lot more, but he didn't feel the need to have someone beside him."

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