Chelsea clash is not just about revenge, insists buoyant Villas-Boas


Andre Villas-Boas can’t wait to take on Chelsea.

The Portuguese coach was controversially sacked by the Stamford Bridge club last season, having reportedly fallen out with a number of senior players. He has since returned to the game in England with Tottenham Hotspur, where he is making a big impact.

Not only did Villas-Boas lead the Londoners to a rare win at Manchester United last weekend, but a 2-0 home triumph over Aston Villa sees them in fifth position ahead of the international break. Spurs are just five points behind league leaders Chelsea, who visit White Hart Lane when the Premier League resumes on 20 October.

This is clearly a game the Tottenham boss is relishing, yet he insists it is not just about revenge on his former employers. Villas-Boas also feels this match gives his new side the platform to prove they can live with the best the league has to offer, whilst also offering them the chance to break into the top four.

"It's not on an individual sense that I'm looking forward to the match, it's on a collective level," he said. "When you play the unbeaten leaders of the league, you can use that motivation towards the game. It will give us a chance to finally break into the top four and join the elite of the Premier League. That is what we have been wanting for quite some time.

“Chelsea are a tremendous attacking force, something that is surprising everybody. There are a lot of creative players in that team offering all types of solutions, movements. It is going to be a difficult game but we are showing a good level of competence. We hope to profit from the fact that we are playing at home and against an unbeaten league leader."

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