26 goals, 4 conceded, 8 wins - Former Tottenham boss smashes another record

AVB Alone

Andre Villas-Boas is loving life as Zenit St Petersburg head coach. No Spurs, you can't have him back.

Was sacking Andre Villas-Boas the right move from Tottenham Hotspur? It seemed so at the time. The club let him go in December last year after losing 5-0 to Liverpool. Despite his undoubtedly excellent record at the club the reality was that the Portuguese manager had lost the fans and, more importantly, the boardroom.

So letting him go was perhaps the best option - however he is now proving his worth once again away from the Premier League.

The former Porto boss took charge of Zenit St Petersburg of Russia in March after Italian coach Luciano Spaletti was given the boot.

He could not claw Zenit to a title win last term, but he has started this season with aplomb. AVB watched his Zenit side absolutely pulverise FC Rostov yesterday - winning 5-0 away.

It was their eight win in eight Russian Premier League games this season, breaking a record in the process. No team has ever won their opening eight fixtures in Russia.

They have scored 26 goals, conceded just four and accumulated 24 points in the process - already putting them six points clear of nearest rivals Kuban Krasnodar in second.

Following on from playing Benfica off the park in a 2-0 win in Lisbon during the Champions

League in midweek it is fair to say AVB is enjoying himself.

It is not the first record he has broken since his switch to the East of Europe.

Zenit beat Krylya Sovetov, Amkar Perm, Rubin Kazan, Krasnodar, Anzhi Makhachkala and now Volga in AVB's first six games in charge - a feat never before achieved in Russia.

And although it looks like Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham pulling in the right direction it does make you wonder what might have been if AVB was kept on at White Hart Lane.

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