May 19th, 2011
Andre Villas-Boas: Feeling Special
Andre Villas-Boas. Not doing too badly for himself, as it happens. Images: Getty Images/Daylife, Reuters/Daylife.
It would take a brave person to stand up and say that Jose Mourinho’s mythical status has taken a little knock or two this season. But having lost the league to Barcelona, a place in the Champions League Final to er… Barcelona and seeing the only trophy his team managed to collect getting crushed under a bus (a portent, perhaps?) even the Special One must be smarting.
No doubt he will be thrilled to learn that as his star wanes, a former assistant is following in his footsteps… and making some significant ground.
Let us avail you of the deets. While we’ve all been watching Mou blaming referees, UEFA and an international children’s charity for his team’s failings this season, his former club Porto have been cleaning up under the guidance of one Andre Villas-Boas, the man you see before you.
Amusingly, Villas-Boas began his career as an assistant to Mou at Porto, but has already stomped all over his mentor’s achievements; this season Porto are unbeaten, took the league with five games left to play and last night led his team to the Europa League title. He has now been tipped to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea. Not bad for a guy who’s never played professionally.
So, whaddya think, Kickettes? Hottie or nottie? A worthy adversary for Mou, who will invariably get his act together and terrorise the European leagues next season, or a worthy successor to the ‘Special One’ legend who will only supercede the achievements laid before him?
Oh. And while we’re on the subject, you Porto fans have been keeping very quiet about James Rodriguez (left), haven’t you? We can immediately see why this might be the case, but might we remind you of the Kickette Soldier Code we just made up over croissants? Share hot boys with your colleagues, please. Such beauty should be appreciated (and incorporated into lewd fantasies) by all Kickettes.
Not just the privileged few.