Andre Villas-Boas explains his troubled relationship with Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho has a history of falling out with people during his managerial career, doesn’t he?

The likes of Iker Casillas, Roman Abramovich and Eva Carneiro have all clashed with the Special One throughout the years for numerous reasons.

But another relationship breakdown that wasn’t quite as high-profile involved him and Andres Villas-Boas.

Villas-Boas worked with Mourinho at Porto before following him to Chelsea and Inter Milan, playing a key role in his backroom staff.

The pair had a fantastic working relationship at that time with Villas-Boas learning his trade from his compatriot.

“In my formative moments working with Jose was the best time of my life – I was able to learn many things and working with him takes you to another level," said Villas-Boas on Tuesday, per the Mirror.

“You fall in love with him and he becomes your idol.

"I wanted to be like him, know everything that he knew and absorb all the information he was giving."

However, as soon the apprentice attempted to go his own way during their spell in Italy, their relationship turned sour.

Villas-Boas threatened to leave Inter to take over Portuguese side Braga which caused Mourinho to ultimately downgrade his role at the San Siro.

That didn’t deter Villas-Boas who soon left Inter to join Academica, again in Portugal, saving them from relegation before moving to Mourinho’s former side, Porto, and winning the treble.

But Mourinho wasn’t happy for Villas-Boas to succeed in carving out a managerial career for himself. Instead, Villas-Boas has revealed what he felt after the pair came to blows.

"Then you fall on the wrong side of Jose and that’s when things change and you realise that you’ve been blinded by someone,” he admitted.

"He has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people.

“My consequences were that as a result of the argument or disagreement we had, I started my coaching career.”

After emulating Mourinho’s Porto success, Villas-Boas attempted to replicate his master’s glory at Chelsea - something he couldn’t do as he lasted less than nine months at Stamford Bridge.

His next job was across London at Tottenham but it was a similar story for Villas-Boas who was sacked after 15 months.

His latest job was at Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia where he led them to the 2014/15 Premier League before leaving at the end of last season.

It’s certainly not the first story of someone falling out with Mourinho - and it probably won’t be the last.

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