Revenge not on the cards for Villas-Boas ahead of Chelsea clash

The Tottenham boss is leaving personal feelings out of the meeting with his former club but admits that his players may want retribution for missing out on the Champions League
Andre Villas-Boas insists that he is not seeking revenge when Tottenham host his former club Chelsea.

The Portuguese endured a troubled nine-month tenure at Stamford Bridge before moving to White Hart Lane in the summer and Saturday's clash will be the first time that he faces the Blues since leaving.

But the 35-year-old is adamant that he will approach the fixture as he would any other game, focusing solely on stretching Spurs' unbeaten run to seven league games.

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"In the end there is one thing which has been to a certain extent blown out of proportion in some ways - this is certainly not a personal matter," he told reporters.

"This game is not going to decide the future of both teams in the Premier League - after this game there will be 30 more games to play and both teams will have decisive matches in front of them. It counts as three points. It doesn't win us a trophy."

Villas-Boas did admit, however, that his players have extra motivation for the game after Tottenham were denied Champions League qualification thanks to Chelsea’s triumph in last season’s competition.

"It is the team who took this club out of the Champions League; this is the team who prevented this team from playing in FA Cup final last year,” he added.

"So in the end we certainly have ingredients for it to be a spectacular match, hopefully.

"We never know how the game can develop. But certainly, a good game might hopefully give us a chance to go nearer the top, which is what we want."

"We have ingredients for it to be a spectacular match. A good game might hopefully give us a chance to go nearer the top"
- Andre Villas-Boas

The Spurs boss noted that the two sides have had very different levels of success in recent years but is confident that the north London club can bridge the gap and win more trophies.

"Obviously [the two clubs have] different traditions and different culture, have different kinds of supporters," Villas-Boas observed.

"[We have a] new training ground, I am enjoying it from now towards the future. Chelsea moved a bit earlier, they have an enormous amount of titles recently.

"You can say they have joined that elite and Tottenham want to be in that position in the future. Certainly there is a gap there to be filled; the club can raise its level towards the future."