martedì 18 marzo 2014

Andre Villas-Boas get another chance

Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas signed a two-year deal as the new coach of Zenit St Petersburg, replacing the axed Luciano Spalletti. He inherit a difficult situation after the turmoil that  surrounded Spalletti's regime. Villas-Boas is known for setting his teams up with a high defensive line, which should allow his team to press further up the pitch. However it can leave his team weak to opposite fast break and it didn't work at Chelsea or with Spurs where he never replied the level of success he enjoyed at Porto as both his English Premier League experiences ended prematurely. He tried to made Tottenham playing deeper this season but after a good 2-2 draw with Manchester United he quickly turned back to his preferred high defensive line strategy with bad results. From isolating Soldado to criticising Tottenham fans, Villas-Boas made a lot of errors this season showing he didn't take advantage of his failure at Stamford Bridge. The task to replace Gareth Bale's impact on his team was never easy. The likes of Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen excited fans, but struggled to make an impact and AVB struggled to deal with his squad. In taking the Zenit job, Villas-Boas needs to show he can adapt his tactics according to different personnel and opponents. He get Hulk once again and it could help AVB to refresh his career. AVB will have to made Hulk, Konstantin Zyryanov, Roman Shirokov and Danny working in his favoured 4-3-3.

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