Ahead of today's Premier League encounter at White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas, who spent seven years working for Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, has told Tottenham fans Mourinho was influential in his upbringing as a coach.
It comes a day after both managers were asked the question about the "breakdown" in their once-close relationship.
Villas-Boas had insisted that he did "not lost any sleep" over the "breakdown," whilst Mourinho refused to comment, saying "I don't discuss, because I'm not a kid, I don’t discuss relationships with the media. I don't care what he says. I'm not interested."
The Chelsea boss did say he thought Tottenham were title contenders with the quality in their team.
In the official matchday programme, Villas-Boas put the tension to one side and praised his opposite number.
"Jose was influential in my upbringing as a coach. He gave me the opportunity to go in to professional football and I was able to enjoy great success working for him.
"He has made Chelsea what they are. His influence on them has been tremendous and his legacy speaks for itself."
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