Ex Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas admits his experience as Blues boss was too soon in his career.
The Portuguese coach was only 34 when he took charge at Stamford Bridge, after winning a mini-treble with Porto and being considered José Mourinho’s heir:
“The Chelsea experience was too much too soon. I wasn’t flexible as a manager at that time. I was communicative, but I wasn’t flexible in my approach. At Tottenham I learnt to be different,” Villas Boas said at the ASPIRE4SPORT and the Aspire Academy Global Summit in Amsterdam.
Villas Boas also revealed he was “blinded by love” for José Mourinho in the time he was his assistant at Porto, Chelsea and Inter:
“In my formative moments, working with Jose was the best time of my life. I was able to lean to many things and working with him takes you to another level.
“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.
“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 has this fascinating capability of getting the best out of you, which has good or bad consequences for people.”