The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

Villas-Boas primed to end Chelsea's unbeaten run


LONDON (AFP) - Andre Villas-Boas has warned his old club Chelsea that Tottenham are desperate to end the Blues' unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Spurs boss Villas-Boas will face Chelsea on Saturday for the first time since being sacked by Roman Abramovich in March following a miserable nine-month reign at Stamford Bridge.

The former Porto coach has a chance to get his own back this weekend when league leaders Chelsea visit White Hart Lane and, while Villas-Boas insists he isn't motivated by thoughts of revenge, he admits his players are relishing the chance to inflict some pain on their London rivals.

Not only did Chelsea, by then managed by Villas-Boas's former assistant Roberto Di Matteo, beat Spurs in last season's Football Association (FA) Cup semi-final, but they also denied the north London club a place in the Champions League.