Bring back the Special One! Spurs boss AVB admits he'd love to see Mourinho back in the Premier League
15:51 GMT, 28 March 2013
16:15 GMT, 28 March 2013
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas would welcome back rival Jose Mourinho to the Barclays Premier League.
The Special One has been linked to a surprise return to Stamford Bridge and a reunion with owner Roman Abramovich this summer.
Mourinho’s infamous antics have seen him fall out with the hierarchy at Real Madrid and interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is in no danger of having his contract renewed.
Open arms: Andre Villas-Boas (above) insists he would welcome the return of Jose Mourinho (below)
Asked what he thought about Mourinho’s potential return to Premier League football, the Tottenham manager said: ‘I think it will be excellent, excellent for everybody.’
Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho to great success at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, but the pair fell out when he left the San Siro on 2009 to go it alone as a manager and the rift has never fully healed.
Last year he admitted that the pair had not spoken for quite some time.
Tottenham have suffered three defeats in the row and need to rediscover their winning form in order to stay on course for a Champions League spot.
Training day: Tottenham prepare for their trip to Swansea this weekend as the Premier League resumes
Asked whether the international break would benefit his side or not after such a poor run, he said: ‘I don’t know, you can’t really say if it’s good or bad. I think all three of those defeats were very, very different.
I think we assume the worst one was Fulham in terms of performance, but I think it came as a consequence of the extra-time being played in Milan.
The Liverpool one was an excellent performance and in Milan, we left it very, very late to save the leg.’
Villas-Boas thinks faltering Tottenham Hotspur need 16 more points from their last eight games to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and earn a another crack at Europe’s premier club competition.
Third place would guarantee a place
in the group stages of next season’s Champions League while fourth would
offer a playoff – the same route Tottenham used in their only previous
foray into the competition two seasons ago.
Tough time: Tottenham suffered a setback in the race for the Champions League after defeat to Fulham
Last season they finished fourth but were denied a chance to play in the Champions League this term because sixth-placed Chelsea took their place having lifted the trophy in Munich.
Tottenham had looked favourites to finish above Chelsea and Arsenal in third place until a few weeks ago, since when defeats by Liverpool and Fulham have halted their momentum.
They travel to Swansea City on Saturday in fourth place, one point behind Chelsea and four points above Arsenal, with both their London rivals having played a game less.
'Normally (to finish in the top four) requires in the 70-72 point margin,' Villas-Boas said.
'70 is usually enough to be in the four spots. There are 24 points to be played for so that means we need 16 more points. You never know, but I think at this time we are within our objectives.'