AVB takes Blues positives
Spurs boss refuses to accept that he deserved Chelsea dismissal
Last Updated: July 11, 2012 4:56pm
Andre Villas-Boas: Taking plenty of positives from his short reign at Chelsea
Andre Villas-Boas believes he is entitled to take some of the credit for Chelsea's success last season and hopes to achieve similar feats at Tottenham Hotspur.
The 34-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation but little top-level coaching experience.
He lasted just eight months in the Chelsea hot-seat before being relieved of his duties by demanding owner Roman Abramovich.
Following his dismissal, the Blues enjoyed an end-of-season revival which saw them taste FA Cup and UEFA Champions League glory.
Villas-Boas claims he laid the foundations for those triumphs and says he can take many important lessons away from his short reign in west London.
"For Chelsea to have won the FA Cup and the Champions League, it means we were still present in those competitions at that time (of sacking)," said the Portuguese tactician.
"The squad was being put in place towards the future and the owner took the decision, which I have to respect, but I never accept it.
"You could say part of what they achieved is also down to that squad being put together by myself, but what was done after was down to Robbie's work and the work of those magnificent players."
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"I was very honoured that I was able to put that team together.
"You could say part of what they achieved is also down to that squad being put together by myself, but what was done after was down to Robbie's work and the work of those magnificent players.
"It is never a one person failure and I will never take it like that."
Villas-Boas added: "You always learn from experience. Chelsea was not so gratifying in terms of success, but it was very gratifying professionally for me.
"I have learned from a couple of things I did wrong, and also you have to trust the right people at the right time.
"This gathering with Tottenham gives me even more stability towards the future."