4 games, 4 wins, 14 goals - Former Tottenham boss soars as Spurs toil

AVB Alone

Andre Villas Boas is leading Zenit to a late title charge in the Russian Premier League.

Yesterday saw Tottenham Hotspur claw back a 3-0 scoreline against West Brom in the Premier League to draw 3-3 - as their recent slump under Tim Sherwood continues.

When Daniel Levy decided to sack Andre Villas-Boas in December last year it did not come as a surprise.

They had just lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool, at the time not a Premier League title freight train, and he had also become increasingly detached from the Spurs fans.

In reality it was a decision that had to be made.

But they replaced him with Tim Sherwood - which started out great, but has recently turned a little sour.

His erratic behaviour and off-the-cuff comments have divided opinion among the football fraternity - but it seems as though he has not done enough to earn the job permanently, according to several reports.

But as his Spurs side, complete with woeful defending, toiled away at The Hawthorns yesterday, how was AVB getting on with his latest project.

The Portuguese boss was installed as the new Zenit St Petersburg manager in March - taking over from the sacked Luciano Spaletti at the mega-rich club.

And in his four games since it has been plain sailing for the manager.

They won the first two games of his reign 2-1 - cagey affairs against Krylya Sovetov and Amkar Perm.

But his last two games have been far more impressive - thrashing Rubin Kazan and FC Krasnodar, both decent teams, 6-2 and 4-1 respectively.

Key to his success has been getting the best out of Hulk.

The mega-bucks Brazilian was his at FC Porto and he has harnessed that raw potential again this season - with Hulk scoring six of the 14 goals Zenit have posted under AVB’s tutelage.

He will perhaps be a little worried that his side have not yet kept a clean sheet since his arrival - but maybe he learnt something from that final game in English football v Liverpool.

Attack is often the best form of defence.

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