Andre Villas-Boas: Chelsea were right to fire me
Published 15/01/2013 | 16:24
SPURS manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he made mistakes at Chelsea and the club was right to fire him after less than nine months in charge.
Chelsea were fifth in the Premier League and had lost their Champions League last-16 first leg 3-1 at Napoli when they sacked the Portuguese. They went on to win the European Cup for the first time under caretaker coach Roberto Di Matteo.
"I think they could have give me the opportunity to continue. But I am fully aware that changing (the manager) was the only way to make an immediate impact on the results," Villas-Boas said today.
"What we have been doing at Tottenham with my staff is a reaction to the mistakes we made at Chelsea," the 35-year-old coach added.
"We did not make everything wrong there but we could have done better ... (The sacking) did not change the way I see football but I recognise that I have thought a lot about it."
Villas-Boas has led Spurs to fourth in the table with 40 points from 22 games - one behind third-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
"Fortunately for me, the quality of the game play wins over the results in Tottenham's philosophy," he said.