Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Tottenham

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Mata - AVB can coach anywhere

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata says Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is good enough to coach 'any team' amid speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Last Updated: 24/03/13 at 13:07 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Believes old boss Andre Villas-Boas could coach anywhere

Juan Mata: Believes old boss Andre Villas-Boas could coach anywhere

Portuguese boss Villas-Boas has been tipped as a potential successor to compatriot Mourinho at the Bernabeu at the end of the season, with the Real manager's future still the subject of speculation.

Mata worked under Villas-Boas during his ill-fated stint at Stamford Bridge last season, which lasted just nine months before his sacking.

But the 35-year-old has impressed at Spurs this term and Mata feels his old boss has the calibre to coach anywhere in the world.

He told Movistar: "He's able to train any team.

"He's a great coach; modern and young but with experience and qualifications, although his time at Chelsea did not go well at all."

Meanwhile, former Valencia playmaker Mata was reluctant to discuss the possibility of Mourinho returning to Chelsea, where he previously spent a successful three-year spell.

The Portuguese boss is being touted as a potential successor to interim manager Rafael Benitez in the summer.

Mata added: "They (Chelsea) keep fond memories of Mourinho. They did very well, won titles and the fans will keep a great memory.

"But today Mourinho is the coach of Real Madrid and Benitez of Chelsea. We have to be focused on that."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Dani Osvaldo leaves Southampton two years early

Southampton have terminated the contract of record signing Dani Osvaldo.

Slaven Bilic missing from West Ham bench for Europa League opener

Academy manager Terry Westley will be in charge when West Ham make their Europa League debut against Andorran side FC Lusitans.

Matej Vydra joins Watford on five-year deal after two loan spells

Striker Matej Vydra is back with Watford, this time on a permanent basis after signing a five-year deal to join the club from Udinese.

Mail Box

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company