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The history of Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham v Chelsea

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Andre Villas-Boas comes up against former club Chelsea once again on Saturday with the Portuguese manager facing off against his compatriot Jose Mourinho - as he looks for his first victory in this fixture.

The current Tottenham boss was appointed as Chelsea manager in July 2011 but was given less than a year to prove himself to owner Roman Abramovich before the Russian decided to relieve AVB of his duties - after only eight months in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

During his time as a manager in the Premier League, the former Porto boss has failed to be on the winning side of the Tottenham-Chelsea fixture after three attempts.

Give Me Sport takes a look at these three encounters:

Match One: AVB’s Chelsea side were held to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in December 2011 in his first London derby of this kind. Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor’s eighth-minute opener was cancelled out by now Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge after 22 minutes.

Villas-Boas didn’t survive long enough with the Blues to take charge of the corresponding fixture in April after being dismissed in March.

Roberto Di Matteo had replaced him at the helm and saw out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, but the Italian led Chelsea to a 5-1 Wembley win over Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final only a month later.

Match Two: In October 2012 AVB faced his former employers for the first time. It was a match to prove himself with his new club but the night ended in a result to forget.

Despite taking a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute through Jermain Defoe, Spurs went on to lose the match 4-2 thanks to two goals from Spain international Juan Mata and a late Sturridge strike.

Match Three: Fortunately for AVB his return to Stamford Bridge did not end in defeat. Facing the fans who called for his head less than a year-and-a-half ago - his Spurs side twice came back from a goal down to earn a point in a 2-2 draw against Rafa Benitez's team.

Having followed in the Porto footsteps of Mourinho, AVB now faces the test of upsetting the odds and finally getting three points from this fixture. His Spurs side have lost only one match so far this season in all competitions - winning eight and conceding only one goal.

Under Mourinho, Chelsea will go all out to win every match. So AVB can expect perhaps his toughest test of the season so far.


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