Saint Petersburg -Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre
Villas-Boas has warned that he wants nothing less than the Russian title and a
place among Europe's elite clubs next season.
"Our goal is to win the Russian league and to gain a
place in Europe's top 10," the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham manager
said after his side's 1-0 win on Sunday in a pre-season friendly against German
Last season Zenit finished runners-up to CSKA Moscow by just
one point and were eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16.
Villas-Boas, 36, said that he was happy with Zenit's signing
of Argentinian international back Ezequiel Garay from Portuguese giants
"Zenit have been interested in purchasing Garay for a
long time," Villas-Boas said.
"I also wanted to have a player of such a high class at
my disposal. After I took over Zenit I asked club chiefs to speed up the talks
with Benfica and finally we have got this fantastic footballer.
"Many of Europe's top sides were targeting Garay but he
decided to chose Zenit and it gives us an opportunity to strengthen seriously
the club's defensive line."
The Portuguese coach added he was also hoping that Zenit
could further boost their line-up before season's start next month.
"I hope that Zenit's activity on the transfer market
isn't over yet," he said.
"I believe that we will be able to play much more
offensive football in the new season but we still need to sign one or two
skilled players to strengthen some of the team's key positions."
Villas-Boas took over from Italian Luciano Spalletti last
March on a two-year deal and became the first ever Russian Premier League
manager to win his first six matches in charge.
But he failed to lead Zenit to their fourth
national title after the Saint Petersburg side were handed a 3-0 technical
defeat for crowd trouble at their home match against league rivals Dynamo
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