AVB – Chelsea return is not special

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down his return to Chelsea on Wednesday night and says he will respect the reception he receives from the home fans.

AVB spent nine months in charge at Stamford Bridge and was released from his contract in March 2012 after they had spent £13.2million in securing his services from Porto.

The Spurs boss has put his time at Chelsea behind him and righly so. He is focused on the job at hand at Tottenham. Their loss was our gain, we are tactically stronger than we were under Harry and

“It is not very, very special. It is a club that I have gone past,” AVB told a press conference.

“I have good and bad memories like everybody else but it was a period that did not finish the way I would have liked.”

“Situations like we were in dictates for a manager to lose his job,” he added.

“It is understandable and has happened at various clubs for the same reasons, with the same effect – which is some success after.

“It is nothing new in football. In moments of maximum difficulties you either believe in what you are doing or don’t believe and at that time the club had to make a decision, which in the end proved successful for them.”

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