The Portuguese Connection


This looks to be a busy weekend at The Lane with the rumour mill in full flow. The most obvious is that of the immenent appointment of Andre Villas-Boas. According to most reports, a three year contract is all agreed with the only delay being a clause from Chelsea meaning AVB cannot sign a new deal until the 1st of July.

On AVB, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about him replacing Harry. His previous attempt at managing a Premiership side didn’t fill me with confidence, but then again, if he’s a success at spurs, then we’ll find a way of rubbing it in Chelsea’s face, which is always fun. But seriously, if we look beyond Chelsea back to Porto then the whole thing looks far more tempting. AVB won the Primeira Liga by more than 20 points whilst at the same time winning the Portuguese Cup and the Uefa Cup. It was surely that treble in his first season in charge that caught the eye of Mr Abramovich. So I think maybe we should look beyond his days at Chelsea and see if he can replicate his work at Porto.

Porto…since yesterday AVB has already been linked with a host of players, most notably Porto’s Joao Moutinho. The fee being guessed at is in the region of £32m which is nearly double the £16.5m we blew on Darren Bent. Something about this transfer makes a lot of sense to me, so I’m not sure it’s just rumour. Firstly you can’t ignore the link between player and manager considering Moutinho made 53 appearances for AVB during his one season in charge. And as Luka (it pains) is looking more and more likely to be leaving, it fits that we could afford the Portugal midfielder.

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  1. He won the treble with giant club Porto at a period when the traditional rivals Benfica and Sporting Lisbon where facing serious problems and couldn’t match FC Porto. That means that the conditions favored Porto. Also we should take into consideration that Porto at that time included in its squad star players like Hulk and Falcao. If we watch Chelsea’s games under AVB we can observe that he looked clueless and helpless when Chelsea couldn’t win a game. His tactics, player positioning and substitutes were really a laugh. We shouldn’t also forget that his successor at Chelsea, even being inexperienced, could immediately turn around the performance of the team and win the highest European trophy! What could be positive with AVB is his eventual knowledge of the Brazilian market and bringing to Spurs young talents. I hope we will not have another Ramos. The positive fact is that the club is getting strengthened with good players like Vertonghen (hopefully) and Sigurdsson.

  2. Alex Mcleish won 2 ttles and 5 cups with Rangers in a similarly non competitive league to Primeria Liga, do you see where i'm coming from?

  3. AVB was hired to do Abramovich’s dirty job of getting rid of the old and expensive but couldn’t find the courage to let his man do it and got cold feet. All the old guard at Chelsea conspired to make it difficult for Abramovich not to pull the trigger. They won Champs League by fluke so AVB can’t really be judged either way yet. If we had got him in other circumstances, a lot less people will question Levy’s decision (if this indeed does happen).

  4. AVB,wil do well there,what at chelsea is that most of chelsea player are almost d same age wit him nd lack of respect 4rm players play a major role 2 his down fal

  5. What has Levy done? I've been trying to put a positive slant on all this but AVB are you kidding? Looking back at his Chelsea reign for encouragement I could find none, only ridiculous team selection, players out of position, refusal to play Cahill even though they were desperate for a proper centre back, dropping Torres every time he found some form and sticking with under performing players despite the evidence. This guy is Ramos with bells on. Prepare for a miserable season.

  6. AVB has won more trophies than redknapp in one season that Harry has done in well over 20 years in management. We need to remember that Porto won the UEFA cup, a very tough competition to win. Man city and man utd failed this season trying to win it. Man city where knocked out by sporting Lisbon so people who say that the portugese league is easy clearly don't have a clue what they are talking about. Man utd failed to beat benfica also in the champs league, the two top teams in our league! AVB was not given enough time, it's obvious that he lost the dressing room but the Chelsea players think they are managers already. We had to sack redknapp not only our results not good enough, 9 points from 9 games is a total joke with the team we have, but also his transfers where terrible. Crouch, chimbonda, palacios, keane, Defoe, saha, nelson the list goes on. He loves the old players with no re-sale value which is totally against spurs traditions. For the future of spurs levy again has done the club proud.

  7. david the spurs tradition was laid down by our best ever player
    "even if they score 3 we'll score 4"

    His name=danny blanchflower

    he also said
    "winning means nothings without glory attached"

    should have been our manager for years before he die. But as you see Tottenham is a terribly badly run club
    excuse the double adverbs mon ami


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