Ex-Spurs boss AVB faces toughest challenge yet in race for Russian title

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Andre Villas-Boas and Zenit Saint Petersburg can go a long way toward securing the Russian Premier League title with a win this weekend.

Since getting the sack at Tottenham Hotspur things have gone from bad to fantastic for Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The former Porto boss took charge of Zenit St Petersburg of Russia in March after Italian coach Luciano Spaletti was given the boot and his time in Russia has been memorable so far.

AVB watched his side win again last weekend - defeating Volga and staying top of the league in the process.

But the 2-0 victory was also his sixth win in his sixth game in charge of the club.

Zenit have now beaten Krylya Sovetov, Amkar Perm, Rubin Kazan, Krasnodar, Anzhi Makhachkala and now Volga leaving AVB with an outstanding 100% record since taking over.

His record of six in six is also a record - nobody has ever started a managerial career in Russia with such a streak.

But this weekend represents his toughest task yet - and a chance to prove claims of being a ‘bottler’ wrong.

Zenit are top of the Russian Premier League after their tremendous run under AVB’s management - but are just one point clear of second placed Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Leonid Kuchuk managed side are also in great form. Undefeated since November - they have also conceded just three goals in the eight games since the end of the winter break.

They clash on Sunday in a potential title decider at the Stadion Lokomotiv in Moscow.

Ahead of the game AVB has spoken about the importance of victory - a victory that would garner him almost instant legendary status at the club:

“I think that I, as a coach, and the coaches of CSKA and Lokomotiv are all preparing their teams only to win. So we`re going to work to win, and we have to do so. There`s no point thinking about getting a draw. Yes, it`s possible that a draw will preserve our lead, but it`s most important to get a win.”

If he does win Zenit will be top by four points with just two games left in the season - against Dinamo Moscow and Kuban Krasnodar - and they will have one hand on the title.

Which would be an excellent comeback from the coach who was ran out of England just five months ago.

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