Having a manager like Andre Villas Boas definitely shows Tottenham have progressed in the last couple of years. AVB has an outstanding resume. Despite his turbulent spell at Chelsea, his records at Academica and Porto speak for themselves.
Like Jose Mourinho, who he worked under for a number of years, he has no experience of a professional player. AVB’s style differs from the Real Madrid manager’s in terms of tactics. He’s an attack-minded young manager, who plays a high defensive line. Mourinho, on the other hand, employs a safety first policy, which served him brilliantly throughout his time at Stamford Bridge.
Despite losing key players Modric and van der Vaart, Spurs have improved in some areas this season. The defense is certainly stronger. Tottenham have been winning more low-scoring games this season, particularly in the last few months.
But like all of Tottenham’s commodities, there always is a question mark regarding their ability to hold onto him. If Tottenham finish in the top four, his stock will certainly rise. If he can challenge for the Premier League title in the next few years, he would be a target for any top club.
Ironically, Mourinho has announced he will be leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season, regardless of what competitions they win. It’s unclear whether that’s entirely his choice, but AVB could one day be a manager of a club like the Spanish giants.
He’s probably still a little inexperienced and unproven for that job though.
I’m sure AVB has a lot of gratitude to Daniel Levy and Tottenham for putting him back in the spotlight, the question is whether he will keep his side of the bargain and commit to the North London side for years to come. I certainly hope so.