Installed as Porto coach earlier in the week, Andre Villas-Boas has moved to distance himself from comparisons to Jose Mourinho, whom he once served as an assistant.
Having penned a two-year deal with the Dragons, the 33-year-old, who was understudy to Mourinho between 2003 and 2009, serving at Porto, Chelsea and Inter, had to fend off questions about the two-time Champions League winning boss in his opening press conference.
“I am not the clone of anyone,” the coach, who made a name for himself with Academica Coimbra last term, is quoted as having said by UEFA’s official website. “Bobby Robson was very important to me in the beginning when I first came to this stadium as a coach at the age of 17, and Jose Mourinho too. People are always mentioning how young I am, but what matters when it came to my appointment was my ability.
“I want to leave my mark on this club.”
Porto finished a disappointing third in the Portuguese Liga last term, and the locally-born tactician will want to ensure there is not another 12 months of disappointment at the Estadio do Dragao.
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