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Sat Apr 19 21:35:33 SAST 2014

Villas-Boas slams Chelsea owner Abramovich

TEAMtalk Media | 12 July, 2012 11:410 Comments
SSC Napoli v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas walks off the pitch following his team's loss to Napoli during the Champions League round of 16 first leg match at Stadio San Paolo on February 21, 2012 in Naples, Italy
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New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas feels he was shortchanged by Roman Abramovich following his ill-fated spell at Chelsea.

Villas-Boas was sacked by Blues owner Abramovich eight months in to his contract at Stamford Bridge last term, with the Portuguese's successor Roberto Di Matteo guiding the club to Champions League and FA Cup success.

"I respect the decision of the owner of Chelsea, but I will never accept it," Villas-Boas said at his first press conference as Spurs boss.

"I told him that for me it was him quitting on me when he had been so much involved in the beginning in bringing me in and he was the one also who was not putting up to the things he promised."

The ex-Porto tactician continued: "It is all very well that you cut the project short and Chelsea go on to win two trophies and you say how wonderful the squad was, but at the beginning nobody believed in that squad when we put it together.

"It was a tremendous learning experience which I am grateful in some ways to have gone through it because it makes me a better coach and a better person at this time.

"But the decision to cut it short was not mine and for Chelsea to have won the Champions League and to have won the FA Cup was because we were still in those competitions.

"I had the opportunity to win them cut short and I had cut short the opportunity to qualify for the Champions League when I was just three points off the fourth position, this is what I recall from the day when I was sacked."

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