Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Premier League

AVB admits Chelsea were right to fire him

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he made mistakes at Chelsea and that they were right to dismiss him after less than nine months in charge.

The London club 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 before going 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 told France Football magazine on Tuesday.

"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 Tottenham to fourth in the Premier League standings on 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.


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref Webb confirms PL meddling
Referee Howard Webb has admitted that there was definitely interference from the PL.

Segun Odegbami
Mamelodi Sundowns - so near yet so far
Mamelodi Sundowns are on the verge of history, as they are within touching distance of what has...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Klopp has Mourinho in his sights
One of the most iconic images of the last season was the reactions of Jamie Carragher and Thierry...

Sunday Oliseh
Does the best coach always rule?
When Pep Guardiola was coach of Barcelona, a spell that lasted four years, Barcelona were near...