He said he learned what is needed to succeed in the Premier League the hard way.
"The Premier League is guided by this dynamic: ball lost - ball recovered - ball lost again. That makes matches unpredictable, teams must be objective and behave like that because that's what excites fans.
"The aesthetics of the game come second to unpredictability, which is much more exciting than the predictability associated with possession football," he said, giving the example of Spanish club Barcelona.
Demand in England for this fast-breaking football style contributed to his downfall at Chelsea, Villas-Boas said.
"We were a counter-culture team, constructing play from the goalkeeper onwards.
"I should have had respected that (England's) culture from the start. I thought it was possible to establish a different game pattern in a country with a radically different culture.
"I respect it now. I have become more versatile after the Chelsea experience."