Andre Villas-Boas was recently linked to Real Madrid CF if Jose Mourinho leaves at the end of the season. He should stay put.
This first season was crucial to Andre Villas-Boas. Tottenham Hotspur is performing well in the English Premiership League, and if the team reaches the European Champions League, the season can only be considered a success.
Contrary to the young Portuguese coach previous stint in England- where he ended up being fired by Chelsea FC even before the end of the 2012 season- the coach has achieved the tranquility he never had before in England.
Sure, Tottenham was never supposed to win the title, but few believed that by now they would be challenging for the first four spots. Tottenham can’t be compared with Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea, with deeper pockets and other ambitions.
The fact is Tottenham have been playing well, and the results are there to prove it. The club is stable, there are no rifts between players and all seems to be running smoothly.
Now enter Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho, who was Villas-Boas previous boss at Chelsea and FC Porto, is reportedly leaving. The environment in Madrid is so bad we can only compare it to a wasp’s nest. The board doesn’t seem very supportive of Mourinho, some players are with their back turned to the coach, the iconic goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been a torn to Mourinho and to whatever team chemistry is still left.
Sounds familiar? Well, compare it to what Villas-Boas had to endure when he was Chelsea coach and it seems that Real Madrid looks like an even worse situation.
Villas-Boas said recently that being in Real Madrid list is an honor. And that is exactly the right thing to say. But the coach knows that at this point he needs to keep its options open, because in soccer as in any other sport, the coach is the first to feel the whip when things turn sour.
Is Villas-Boas another Jose Mourinho? No he is not, and wouldn’t be fair to compare both. But if Mourinho couldn’t manage his dressing room in Madrid, Villas-Boas would face the same situation and we all know how it ended the first time at Chelsea.
Mourinho had the advantage of an extensive winning record; Villas-Boas doesn’t have that luxury. Sure he won the UEFA Europa League as Porto head coach, but only after Porto was eliminated from the Champions League. Of course Porto season was a spectacular one, but contrary to what most people say, wasn’t perfect.
At this point, Villas-Boas should consolidate what he built in England as Tottenham coach, and then aim higher. Real Madrid has been a coach graveyard since Vicente Del Bosque left after the 2003-2004 season, and it will need some more time to settle down.