Tottenham boss focused ahead of London derby
Andre Villas-Boas is concentrating on facing Tottenham rather than Mourinho
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is focused on Saturday's match with his former employers, and is unconcerned about his history with Jose Mourinho.
Villas-Boas has a lot in common with the Chelsea chief but believes Mourinho's presence on Saturday will not represent an advantage for the Blues.
"I don't think it's any kind of advantage. We're prepared and set-up to play Chelsea and not to play Jose (Mourinho)," he said.
AVB is getting ready for his first encounter with the 'Special One', but his side are currently looking down on the Stamford Bridge club, and the former Chelsea boss is concentrating on the team he faces.
"We prepare the game against Chelsea, and what they mean. The team that has been European Champion and has won the UEFA Cup last season," he added.
Mourinho and Villas-Boas achieved admirable success together, and as individuals, at Porto. Their career's are similar in many ways, both coaches representing a new type of football manager who did not play the professional game.
Villas-Boas is expecting a tight and tactical affair against the west London side and will be looking for his first win against his former club. Spurs form going into the game is good and a draw will keep them top of the table.
"I think we come into this game on the back of good results that we have got so far. But we face a totally different proposition, a totally different team, a team full of stars and great players, and it's not going to be easy," he said.
Spurs will be quietly confident going into the game. Chelsea are not looking unstoppable by any means and perhaps Villas-Boas is the perfect opponent to out-whit Mourinho.
The Tottenham boss estimates a 90 per cent chance that Danny Rose will make the game after injury and is happy with his team's progress.
"We have a team that is above all, with great team spirit and great motivation to approach this game. And that can make a big difference as well," he concluded.
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