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Football: Villas-Boas aims to be Andre the Great in St Petersburg

Published on Mar 21, 2014 12:23 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas on Thursday set high ambitions on his first day of work as manager of Zenit St Petersburg, saying he wanted to build up the team just as Peter the Great had constructed the Russian city.

Zenit have brought in Villas-Boas, 36, as manager in the hope he can take the side to European glory after sacking his predecessor Luciano Spalletti for failing to win more big silverware.

Villas-Boas said his immediate aim for the rest of the season was to win the remaining nine matches in the Russian League and take the Russian title in a tight race with a resurgent Lokomotiv Moscow.

"The first aim is victory in the championship," said Villas-Boas, who will reportedly receive at least 8.5 million euros (S$15 million) a season under his two-year contract.

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