The Dugout - AVB: I learned a ‘great lesson’ from last year

Andre Villas-Boas has told Eurosport-Yahoo! he learned a great deal from his experience at Chelsea and those lessons have served him well in what has been an impressive first season at Tottenham Hotspur.

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The Dugout - AVB: I learned a ‘great lesson’ from last year
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Villas-Boas was appointed Spurs manager in the summer and led to club to the quarter-finals of the Europa League as well as orchestrating a formidable league challenge  which may yet result in a Champions League place.

The Portuguese - who at 33 was the youngest ever man to win a UEFA competition when leading Porto to the Europa League title in 2011 - spent nine months at Chelsea last season and says the experience was an important moment in his development as a manager.

Spurs, challenging  Arsenal and Chelsea for two places in the top four, are now reaping the benefits.

"I've learned a great, great lesson from last year," Villas-Boas told Eurosport-Yahoo!

"There were things that I did dramatically different, and things that I set out to do the same because it means the manager that I am and the person that I am and the principles that I have - which I always try to stand by.

"The Chelsea experience has allowed me to see things in a different way and position myself regarding mistakes that I have made, and this always allows you to develop on a personal and a professional level."

Villas-Boas also paid tribute to his Tottenham players for their efforts over the course of a season which could yet end in tangible success.

When asked how the experience of being Spurs boss had been for him, Villas-Boas replied: "Extremely good - good to be back in England after last year. I have been very, very well received by everybody, especially this group of players that have been tremendous in their drive and ambition towards achieving results this season."

For more from Villas-Boas, including his opinion on Tottenham's capacity for growth, watch the full video above.

Andre Villas-Boas was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association

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