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Villas Boas hails Mourinho as inspiration to Portuguese coaches

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Andre Villas-Boas singled out former mentor Jose Mourinho and Benfica great Artur Jorge as inspiration to young Portuguese coaches.

Villas-Boas knows first-hand about Mourinho having started his coaching career under his compatriot in their own soil.

The ex-Spurs boss got his coaching break with Mourinho at Porto while he was still in his 20s.

After a Champions League triumph with Porto, Villas-Boas joined his mentor at Chelsea before striking out on his own in 2009.

The 42-year-old might not boast serial success like Mourinho but he did lead Porto to a domestic and European crown (Europa League) in the 2010/11 season. He has also led Zenit to the Russian title.

Villas-Boas also had brief spells with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Shanghai SIPG. 

Now at the helm at Marseille, the Portuguese is glad to have worked under the tutelage of Mourinho and hailed his compatriot alongside Artur Jorge as inspiration to younger coaches like himself.

“Our ability to adapt to different environments makes the difference, as well as our wisdom and study of the game, our ability to lead and communicate,” the 42-year-old Marseille coach signalled in an interview with Canal 11.

“It is undeniable that these doors were initially opened by Artur Jorge and José Mourinho, as the first great ambassadors of Portuguese coaches abroad and that allowed us to open doors in any market in the world.”

“Of course, then you have to succeed and that’s the brand that we guarantee, a little bit like what the Dutch coaches achieved a few years ago.” Villas Boas added.

“That image is now associated with the Portuguese coaches: the ability to adapt, to arrive and win, to assemble good teams and good structures is undoubtedly one of our brands and I think that’s the main fact for which we are most respected around the world.”

In his first season as Marseille boss, Villas Boas has delivered instant impact to the Orange Vélodrome. Les Phocéens were second on the Ligue 1 table before their season was voided early.