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AVB ready for Chelsea reunion
Published : 08 Oct 2012 09:58:00
Andre Villas-Boas is already looking forward to Tottenham's next Premier League game against Chelsea - the club that sacked him in March.
Spurs host the Blues on October 20 in their first game after the international break with confidence high after four consecutive Premier League wins. And the manager insists it is not a personal mission to beat his former club but the aim of everyone at White Hart Lane to get into the top four.
"It's not on an individual sense that I'm looking forward to the match, it's on a collective level," he said. "When you play the unbeaten leaders of the league, you can use that motivation towards the game. "It will give us a chance to finally break into the top four and join the elite of the Premier League. That is what we have been wanting for quite some time. "Chelsea are a tremendous attacking force, something that is surprising everybody. There are a lot of creative players in that team offering all types of solutions, movements.
"We understand this mobility behind Fernando [Torres] can cause you problems. It is going to be a difficult game but we are showing a good level of competence. "We hope to profit from the fact that we are playing at home and against an unbeaten league leader."
After a sequence of seven matches in 22 days, Villas-Boas has a two-week wait until he takes on his former club. But the ex-Porto boss admits the intense run of game - including the 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday and a draw at Panathinaikos in midweek - helped forge his players into a team. "
After the first three games, we welcomed the packing of fixtures," he added. "It allowed the players to meet each other, to play more often. We are getting a benefit from that. Tiredness comes in but it gives you more chance to know how others behave. For almost a new team, it helps the players.
"It was extremely good against Villa after the effort we put in against Panathinaikos in Greece on Thursday. "We were back at 4am on Friday and the players are responding to the midweek physical effort with tremendous power. The ambition that we have, to be in between the top teams, is immense."