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AVB: Blues role helped me address errors

ANDRE Villas-Boas says he has had to make big changes to his management style because of the mistakes he made at Chelsea.

Villas-Boas returns to Stamford Bridge tomorrow for the first time since he was sacked by Blues owner Roman Abramovich less than nine months in to his three-year "project".

Villas-Boas' plans to start phasing out the likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry while replacing them with younger, more dynamic players, played a part in his downfall.

Rumours about persistent unrest among the Chelsea squad dogged the Portuguese throughout his tenure at Stamford Bridge, but Villas-Boas is generally well-liked by his new players at Spurs.

"The experiences (of managing Chelsea and Spurs) are different and I learned a great lesson from last year," Villas-Boas said.

"There are things I do dramatically different and things that I do exactly the same because you still have to stay true to your principles.

"The Chelsea experience allowed me to see things in a different way and helped me address the mistakes I made; that always allows you to develop on a personal and a professional level."

The closeness between Villas-Boas and Gareth Bale was summed up when the PFA and FWA player of the year shared a warm embrace with his manager after he hit a dramatic winner in the 3-2 victory at West Ham in February.

Villas-Boas has also maintained a good relationship with his squad players thanks to his occasional rotation – something that Harry Redknapp was accused of failing to do last season. Although Spurs remain outsiders for a top-four finish, Villas-Boas admits he has enjoyed working with a squad of players who are all pulling in the same direction.

"On a personal note, the season has been good for me. I've found it extremely good here," the former Porto boss said.

"It was good to be back in England after last year. I've been very well received by everybody, particularly this group of players whose drive and ambition towards achieving results has been tremendous."


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