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Bro getting withdrawal symptoms here! Update <3
Haha, sorry for the lack of updates mate - been a bit caught up with how well GB are doing at the Olympics! The next update is all ready to go, so it'll be up before too long (but I'll need sleep first aha)
 

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N.B. I used instant result a couple of times in this update, which messes up the team selection within the formation for me, so I recreated those teams in the tactic centre - hence the inconsistency shown in this update. In the future, I will probably avoid IR as much as possible and just show the messed up teams if I do use it.
Anyway, without further ado - onto the update![HR][/HR]View attachment 1072538September Review


La Liga Matchday 3 - Osasuna(Away)

Starting XI:
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Result:
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Goalscorers:
Luis Alberto [1],Gameiro [1]

A good win to putthe disappointment of Villarreal behind us.

Before we start theCL campaign for this season, time for the odds:
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Gets to CL finalprevious season, is 80-1 to win the following season. Cheers for the faithguys! -_-

Champions League Matchday 1- Zenit St. Petersburg (Away)

Starting XI:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[2]

It's going to be oneof those seasons...

La Liga Matchday 4 -Valencia (Away)

Starting XI:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Zahavi[3]

Well... Another slowstart to cost us?

La Liga Matchday 5 -Valladolid (Home)

Starting XI:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: Alonso[1], Lozano [1]

Hmm... We dominatedbut only just scraped past them. Worrying.

La Liga Matchday 6 -Barcelona (Home)

Starting XI:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[3]

Well, like I said -an inconsistent season awaits. Great win!

Champions League Matchday 2- Feyenoord (Home)

Starting XI:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: Zahavi[4], Tremoulinas [1], Onazi [2]

A solid win to getus up and running in the CL.

However, we dosuffer a minor injury to a key player:
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La Liga Matchday 7 - RayoVallecano (Away)

Starting XI:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: Alberto [2], Kimmich [1], Alonso [3], Iván [1]

That's more like it! Great win!

La Liga Standings
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Solid start as we sit second to (surprise?) leaders Valencia, with Barca and Real withing touching distance. But look at Atletico, really struggling so far!

Champions League Group D Standings
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Can't read too much into it yet, but the double header against City will have a massive influence on our qualification chances.


Next Update - October Review ft. Man City and Atletico Madrid

 

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View attachment 1072784October Review

First up this monthis an injury picked up on international duty:

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Pretty serious aswell!

Next up, the Copadel Rey draw:
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Typical 3rd tierside, the more interesting draw is the Semi Final:
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So one of Barca and Valencia realistically for the Semi, with Atleti and Real in the other half ofthe draw
La Liga Matchday 8 - CeltaVigo (Home)
Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: Lozano[2], Konoplyanka [4], Onazi [3]

A good win this.Played pretty well for once - also, Onazi seems to have found form already -he's only 2 goals off his total for last season already!
Champions League Matchday 3- Man City (Away)
Lineups:
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Well, that's not ideal... We were holding out so well until Kimmich hit a pointless crossfieldpass straight to Mané - and him, Aguero and Benzema weren't going to waste a 3on 2. Then we just seemed to give up. :(
La Liga Matchday 9 - RealSociedad (Away)
Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[4], Alberto [3]Not too bad, butwe're struggling in away games so far this season...

However, we pick upanother injury from that game:
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La Liga Matchday 10 -Deportivo (Home)
Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: TK [1],Fontas [1]
Considering wenormally struggle with set pieces, it was nice to see both CB's score in acomfortable win.
La Liga Matchday 11 -Atletico Madrid (Home)
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Result:
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Goalscorer: OG x2,Konoplyanka [5], Alonso [4]

Wow wow wow. What agame! I'm satisfied that a pretty rotated side could hold their own against afull strength Atletico, now we just need to hope the decision to rotate paysoff against Man City.
Champions League Matchday 4- Man City (Home)
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Goalscorer: Gamiero[5]

We did it. Just.

La Liga Standings
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Still going strong

Champions League Standings
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Close.

Next Update - November ft. Zenit St. Petersburg
 
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November Review

La Liga Matchday 12 - Elche(Away)

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Goalscorer: Vitolo[1], Zahavi [5], Gameiro [6]

A solid win, toughertests await us.

However, Konoplyankawas injured early on in that game:
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Not ideal at all,especially because his replacement Sarabia then went and got injured as well:
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Brilliant.

Oh, and is if thatwasn't enough, Alonso went and got injured during the international break!
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La Liga Matchday 13 - Malaga(Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: Gameiro[7], TK [3], Zahavi [6]

A good win for ourdepleted squad, the real challenge is when Zenit come calling.

In fact, it was sucha good win that Malaga felt the need to sack their manager:
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Champions League Matchday 5- Zenit St. Petersburg (Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Vitolo[3], Gameiro [8]

We get the allimportant win here, so barring a big upset we are through to the knockoutstages.

La Liga Matchday 14 -Levante (Away)

Lineups:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[10]

Another solid win,nice to see we appear to have stopped dropping easy points!

Copa del Rey 4th Round 1stLeg - Mirandes (Away)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Vitolo[4]

Hmm, we weren't atour best here. Not by a long way. But, a win is a win...

La Liga Standings:
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Well, top at last! Real and Valencia hot on our tails, but Barcelona and especially Atleti (who have sacked Simeone) are having dreadful seasons by their standards. This is as good a chance as we can expect to take a second title!

Champions League Standings:
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We just need to beat Feyenoord. Simple, right?

Next Update - December Review ft. Feyenoord and Real Madrid


 

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December Review
Before we get intothe games, the board had some news for us:
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Wow. But, not gonnago breaking the Sevilla model anytime soon.

La Liga Matchday 15 -Espanyol (Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer:Tremoulinas [2], Gameiro [11], Lozano [3]

An excellent win tokeep up our form.

However, we suffer aminor injury for Gameiro:
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Leaving us with nofit strikers for the Feyenoord game.

Champions League Matchday 6- Feyenoord (Away)

Lineups:
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Well, not quite nofit strikers. Alonso just about makes the bench, but is only for use if we needa goal.

Result:
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Oh... Great. Astrong side but we lose to the whipping boys of the group! If Zenit beat ManCity, we're out...
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Thankfully, theycould only manage a 1-1 draw so we scrape through.

La Liga Matchday 16 - RealMadrid (Away)

Lineups:
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Not our strongeststarting XI, but we welcome back Konoplyanka and Gameiro to the bench.

Result:
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Pretty tough to takeas it was an even game. We weren't at our best offensively until we bought onKonoplyanka and Gameiro, but their lack of match fitness showed as they bothmissed one on one's late on.

But, just as itlooked like our injury crisis was clearing up, Zahavi went and got himself aserious injury:
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Looks like I'll needto loan someone in.

Time for theChampions League 1st Knockout Round draw, and it has to be said that theoverall level of the remaining teams looks lower than ever! This is a greatchance to win I think!

We are unseededalong with Chelsea, Man Utd, Dynamo Kyiv, Galatasaray, Shakhtar Donetsk,Sporting Lisbon and Spurs.

We will play one ofBayern Munich, Juventus, Monaco, CSKA Moscow or Celtic. City, Real and Barcaare also seeded.
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CELTIC!!!
That's clearly FMtrying to even things up after that Zahavi injury XD

Copa del Rey 4th Round 2ndLeg - Mirandes (Home), Agg 1-0

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: Alonso[5], Vitolo [6], OG

We did what we hadto do.

And in round 5 wewill face...:
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DEPORTIVO! A fairlyeasy draw, should get through.

La Liga Matchday 17 -Granada (Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[12]

Well. That wasexcellent. That's now 3 defeats in 4 games...

During the winterbreak, Sarabia obtained an injury:
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La Liga Matchday 18 - Eibar(Away)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[13], Alonso [6]

A solid win to get us back on track.

World Awards

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Konoplyanka once again in TotY, while Messi takes home the big two.

La Liga Standings
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So that blip in the middle of the month gives Real the opportunity to overtake us. With only 1 defeat already this season it may be a tough ask to overtake them again. So I might have to settle for narrowing the 11 point gap from last season. As for Atletico, they look in deep trouble, as despite hiring Jurgen Klopp they have slipped into the relegation zone (albeit they are only 6 points off the top half!). Rayo look doomed already.

Next Update- January Review ft. the transfer window!


 

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January Review + Transfer Window

Transfer window first, as always:

Our first signing is an Argentine regen who I had agreed to sign in the second season summer window, but for age reasons didn't join us until now
Welcome to Sevilla, Matías Sosa:
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Next up, is a departure of one of our starting XI. While he has been excellent for us, he came to me complaining about being homesick. 5 years after leaving France. But instead of keeping him, I decided to let him go as I had been considering it before this popped up.
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So although Grimaldo is a capable replacement, we only have one natural fullback. So I set out to amend that and quickly found my target. Despite my scouts saying otherwise, his club were reluctant to sell so I paid over the odds for him as I hadn't found a cheap alternative that was at a good enough level.
Welcome to Sevilla, Jonas Hector:
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This final move came as a shock to me, it was just by chance that an article appeared in my inbox linking me to a big name player who I thought would be way out of our price range. Clicking on his profile, I found out he was unhappy at Juventus so I decided to scout him on the off chance I could get him. The scouts came back saying around £17m would get him, so I decided to do some negotiating and eventually got them down to £13m, potentially rising to nearly £14.5m (which is marginally over the transfer record, but I'm keeping our signings to under £15m which keeps this one good). But before I could confirm it, I needed to raise the funds by selling someone in his position.
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Despite being a reliable player when called upon, Sarabia just isn't on our new signings level. £15m is a good deal for him I think.

Anyway, enough about all of that... I've bigged him up enough so here he is
Welcome to Sevilla, Kingsley Coman!
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I have also made the decision to promote 3 players from Sevilla Atletico.

So welcome to Sevilla FC Marjan Shved, Juan Muñoz and Sebastian Cristoforo!
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Transfers Elsewhere

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Some... questionable deals. Berahino for £43m while Lacazette goes for £21m?! Deulofeu costing more than Coman?! And Danilo for £12.25m is a good deal for Chelsea.

[HR][/HR]January

Copa del Rey 5th Round 1stLeg - Deportivo (Away)

Lineups:
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Rico makes his longawaited return, a solid performance here and I will terminate Areola's loan(well, I probably will anyway so long as I know Rico still has some of hisability left)

Result:
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Goalscorer: Vitolo[7]

Well Rico clearlyknew what was on the line, saving two penalties in a MotM display! However, weonly have a slender lead as Gameiro was watching the Deportivo penalties fromthe bench and decided to miss his own spot kick as well!

La Liga Matchday 19 -Athletic Bilbao (Home)

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I decide to use someof the players from Sevilla Atletico, with debuts (under me anyway) forCristoforo and Shved, as well as new signing Sosa.

Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[16]

For me, our bestperformance all season. Gameiro was actually quite wasteful and if he was onform, could've had about 7 or 8 goals. Sosa and Shved impressed me, Cristoforonot so much.

Copa del Rey 5th Round 2 Leg- Deportivo (Home), Agg 1-0

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[17]

Again, a solidresult to see us through, would've been nice to get the win though.

We will face:
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Celta Vigo. A stepup in quality from who we've faced so far, but still a tie I'd expect to win.

La Liga Matchday 20 - Real Betis (Home)

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Goalscorer: Gameiro[19]

A good win in thederby, Gameiro is in fine form right now!

Copa del Rey Quarter FinalLeg 1 - Celta Vigo (Away)

Lineups:
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Well that gamblebackfired. Not a single shot on target. Hopefully we can turn it around athome...

La Liga Matchday 21 -Osasuna (Home)

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Snoozefest.

Copa del Rey Quarter FinalLeg 2 - Celta Vigo (Home), Agg 0-1

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We tried. But we'veforgotten how to score now...

La Liga Matchday 22-Villarreal (Away)

Lineups:
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Goalscorer: TK [4]

It's nice to finallysee your side score. It would be nicer if they remembered how to win as well...


La Liga Standings:
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Tight at the top, we're neck and neck with Real, but Barca can overtake us both if they win both games in hand.

January Overview: A boring month on the pitch, complete with an early exit from the Copa del Rey, is overshadowed by the excitement off of it.

​Next up - February Review ft. Celtic, Valencia and Barcelona


 

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La Liga Matchday 23 -Valladolid (Away)

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Result:
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0-0. What a f*ckingsurprise.

La Liga Matchday 24 -Valencia (Home)

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Yeh, we can saygoodbye to any title chances now.

That takes our poorform to 6 games without a win.
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Champions League 1stKnockout Round Leg 1 - Celtic (Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Kimmich[2], Mariano [1], Vitolo [9], OG

Dare I say it? Arewe back? Simply mesmerising, and fully deserving of such a large margin ofvictory.

La Liga Matchday 25 -Barcelona (Away)

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Well this was alwaysgoing to be tough if we considered the wider picture, so I was more concernedabout the performance. And it was pretty good, especially given that wecould've imploded after conceding so early. The disappointment was thefinishing (as usual), as we did miss 3 guilt-edged chances (One each for Coman, Sosaand Vitolo). Probably should've been a draw...

Alonso also got aninjury in this game:
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La Liga Matchday 26 - RayoVallecano (Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Coman[2]

We were good for 80minutes, and then almost completely collapsed at the end of the game. Nice tosee Coman score twice, looked much more dangerous than Gameiro up front!


La Liga Standings
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As expected, our terrible form hits our title bid hard, leaving us in limbo almost - 9 points off of 1st but 7 clear of 5th. I suppose we now need to just get our form back on track and pray for a miracle :p
Also, Atletico are still struggling, and still could very well end up relegated!

Next Update- Youth Intake 2017/18



 

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2017/18 Youth Intake

Here we go:
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As you do, another good striker... Nice to see a half decent goalie coming through as well.

Alexis Fernández (ST)
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Different style of striker to Cruz, same sort of potential.

Guille López (CDM)
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We haven't had a CDM come through the ranks yet, but here is one

Manfredi Piatti (GK)
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OK potential, probably end up being a backup like Rico is now.


Next Update - March Review ft. Celtic and Atlético

 

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La Liga Matchday 27 - Celta Vigo (Away)

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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro [20], Kimmich [3]

A good win, albeit aided by some shocking finishing from Celta! Iván gave his best performance of the season here, an absolute stormer. And the first time he's actually crossed in the box XD And surprise surprise, he got an assist from it :p

La Liga Matchday 28 -Deportivo (Away)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Onazi[4], Gameiro [21]

Another win, we looked a bit more comfortable in this one. At the moment we look... functional, still not quite at our best but we are seemingly back to getting the results that we require.

Fontas picked up a minor injury:
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Champions League 1st Knockout Round Leg 2 - Celtic (Away), Agg 5-0

Lineups:
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Standard rotating for us, interesting to see that Celtic are being overly negative and don't believe they can do it...

Result:
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That was a nonevent. We didn't look like we were trying, and Celtic were happy to just take a draw.

La Liga Matchday 29 -Atlético Madrid (Away)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorers: Konoplyanka [7], Vitolo [10]

Well, how they're down here when they can perform like this is a mystery. But we got the win,that's all that matters.

Champions League draw now:
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Barcelona... Really? Looks like time for revenge ;)

La Liga Matchday 30 - Real Sociedad (Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro[22]

It is a solid win...But we dominated them, and really should have won by a few goals.

Champions League Quarter Final 1st Leg - Barcelona (Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Konoplyanka [8]

We got the win, and the clean sheet. So I should be pleased... But ter Stegen was in excellent form, which could come back to haunt us in the second leg...
I also had the delight of seeing Messi subbed off... For Suarez :(

However, Grimaldo picked up an injury to rule him out for a while:
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TK will provide cover at LB if needed, so no real need to worry.


La Liga Matchday 31 - Elche(Home)

Lineups:
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Result:
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Goalscorer: Alonso[7]

A decent win to round off the month. Also, nice for Alonso to end his goal drought (which had stood at 9 games prior to this).

La Liga Standings:
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Well... this looks exciting :) However, Barca must be favourites as they can go 3 points clear with their games in hand, albeit they're fairly tough - against Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao. Atlético look to have done enough to stave off relegation.

Next Update - April Review ft. Barcelona and Real Madrid.



[HR][/HR]P.S. Are people still reading this? Just wondering as the likes and comments appear to have hit a wall :/
 
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Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg - Barcelona (Away), Agg 1-0

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Goalscorer: Alberto[4]

It looked like going to extra time, until one of my decisions paid off big time. Konoplyanka was having a pretty shocking game, on a 6.1 by 60 minutes. I decided to keep him on, knowing he was our best chance of creating something. And sure enough, a couple of minutes from full time he produced some great skills to see him past De Sciglio before squaring it for Alberto to absolutely blast home! We're through, and still no team has been able to retain the Champions League title...

So, in the Semifinal, it's a choice between Juventus, Man City or Real Madrid. So no easy games... We do have previous experience of beating them all in the CL though...
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Juventus. Probably the middle team in terms of quality.

La Liga Matchday 32 - Malaga (Away)

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Goalscorer: Alberto[5], Gameiro [24]

A good win to keep up our chances of a surprise second title.

Next up, some early transfer news. And a very risky piece of business at that. I've identified central midfield as the place I want to strengthen, and found a player I feel will help out a lot. He's coming in on a free, but that's mainly because he is very injury prone, hence why I've only offered him a 12-month deal (in case it doesn't work out).
But for now, here is our new signing:
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Kevin Strootman! Some incredible mentals as well, hopefully he can help Kimmich become even better when playing alongside him (Albeit Kimmich already has some excellent mentals).

La Liga Matchday 33 -Levante (Home)

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Goalscorer: Carrico [1]


Nice of the captain to score an important goal!

La Liga Matchday 34 -Espanyol (Away)

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Goalscorers: Vitolo[12], Alonso [8]

Good win.

La Liga Matchday 35 - Real Madrid (Home)

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Goalscorers: Hector[1], Carrico [2], Coman [3]

Well, what a win!But I wonder what the odds would've been on those goalscorers...

And that win seals Champions League football for another season:
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Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Juventus (Home)

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Result:
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Goalscorer: Gameiro [26], Coman [4]

Wow! It was actually quite a tight game, but we were deadly in front of goal - scoring with 3 of our 5 shots on target! Also, Coman hasn't scored much since joining, but of course he was going to against Juve XD This *should* mean we're in the final, but we still need to be professional in the second leg.

However, of course such a key victory couldn't be done without an injury to a key player:
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He'll miss the rest of the league season, and is in a race to be back for the CL final if we get there.

La Liga Matchday 36 - Granada (Away)

Lineups:
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Result:
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That was always going to happen. The only team to beat us home and away this season. That also brings to an end our impressive run of 10 straight league victories.

La Liga Standings
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So, our storming recent form has taken us past Valencia, Barca and Real - meaning we now sit proudly at the top (although Barcelona can overtake with a victory by 2 clear goals over Athletic Bilbao when the play their game in hand). It really couldn't be tighter, as provided Barca do win their game in hand, the top 3 will be separated by 1 point with 2 games to go. A real test of our mental strength...

Next Update - The end of the season - Juventus, Eibar, Athletic Bilbao and a potential Champions League final against Real M/ Man City
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Here we go...

Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Juventus (Away), Agg 3-0

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Well, we got lucky here. We were poor, but thankfully we had done enough in the first leg to see us through!

And in the final we will play:
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Man City!
The Champions League will soon have it's 23rd winner.

La Liga Matchday 37 - Eibar(Home)

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Goalscorers: Konoplyanka [9], Iborra [1], Gameiro [27]

It's simply a results game now, and despite looking poor for large parts of the game, we get a solid win, and another 2 on our GD.

Atlético Madrid 2-0 Real Madrid (Masuaku, Siqueira) :D
That means Real are out of the equation now, only Barcelona can stop us.
Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal (Neymar, Costa)
They duly oblige by winning their game. Their game in hand is this week, so it could end up being a straight shootout between us on the final day, if they win their game in hand...

Speaking of which,
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Barcelona (Williams / Roberto)
THEY SLIPPED UP!!!!

So, a win for us means we are champions again.
A draw would be enough if Barcelona only won by 1 goal, whilst also scoring no more than 10 more goals than we do...

La Liga Matchday 38 -Athletic Bilbao (Away)

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Gonna do goal alerts for the two games, love a bit of drama ;)

6': Goal at Bilbao!For the leaders Sevilla! Bilbao make a complete mess of defending a Sevilla corner, allowing Zahavi to come in and score a simple tap in for his first goal after his long injury lay off! Bilbao 0-1 Sevilla.
44': Another goal at Bilbao, and it's gone to the hosts! A bit of head tennis ends with de Marcos sending the ball down the line to Williams, his cross is missed completely by Villalibre which means Carrico is wrong footed and can only watch as it hits him and rolls into the net! Bilbao 1-1 Sevilla

HT: Osasuna have done a good job so far of restricting Barcelona, and they go in level at 0-0. Sevilla unable to take advantage though, as Bilbao are all over them at the moment. Rulli has been exceptional in goal. 1-1 there, so Sevilla will win the title as things stand

84': Drama at Bilbao, as Sevilla think they've got the goal that would surely clinch the title, but Gameiro is a fraction offside! 6 minutes to hold on.

FT: And it's allover! Sevilla couldn't get the win to seal the title, but more importantly -NEITHER COULD BARCELONA! SEVILLA ARE CHAMPIONS AGAIN!!!!
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Goalscorer: Zahavi[7]

Wow, just wow. When Carrico scored the own goal, I honestly thought we would go on to lose both the game, and the title. But the team showed great character in the second half,and thankfully Osasuna helped us out as well!

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Of course you don't want anyone injured for the biggest game of your season, so I wasn't best pleased to find out that TK was going to be ruled out of the CL final...
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Champions League Final -Manchester City (Signal Iduna Park)

Lineups:
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Obviously the biggest piece of team news is that Aguero is out injured for City. But still,it is some impressive strength in depth if they can replace him with Benzema... For us, Onazi does recover in time to take his place in the starting XI

17': First real chance of the game, as a Mariano cross is turned towards goal by Gameiro. Hart saves, and the rebound falls to Coman... But he can only hit it tamely at Hart.
30': Another chance,as a quick throw by Hector is worked to Onazi, who smacks the bar from 25yards!
32': Citys first chance, as a corner from Florenzi finds Benzema, but he can't get clean contact on it so it rolls wide.
34': A nice move from Sevilla ends with Coman's shot being blocked by Ghoulam
37': A lightening counter from Sevilla sees Konoplyanka play a 1-2 with Gameiro before flashing a shot past the far post.
41': A cross in from Mariano isn't properly dealt with by the City defence, allowing Kimmich to strike the post from range on the volley!

HT: We have been on top for the most part, but the final ball just isn't up to scratch.
52': First change for City, Mané replaces the ineffective Benzema. He goes up front, a different type of striker to defend against.
56': Banega is on a yellow, and when he picks up a minor injury I decide to take him off for Cristoforo.
58':GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!! A cross from Hector is only partially cleared, we recycle the ball well for Mariano to send in a cross from the other side. Montoya and Hart get in each others way, and it hits the post, before the rebound hits Montoya and trickles over the line. The goal our play has deserved! 1-0!
70': City's first chance since the goal - Florenzi sends a freekick in - it's met by Otamendi but he can only head straight at Rulli.
71': We counter, and Konoplyanka flicks the ball onto Gameiro, who beats both centre backs but can't slot it past Hart.
72': Onazi is on a yellow, so I hook him off for Iborra. Also, Gameiro beats Ghoulam at the byline before swinging in a cross to the far post where Konoplyanka rises highest to head onto the bar!
74': Strange sub for City, as they replace the creative Moutinho with the defensively minded Fernandinho... Surely Delph would've been the sensible option?
76': Their final change is to replace Kompany with Denayer...
77': Sterling beats Kimmich in the area, before being bundled over by Mariano. Penalty to City....
78': BUT RULLI SAVESIT!!! Touré went down the middle, and Rulli didn't move a muscle!
81': Ghoulam's long throw is cleared to Mané who hits a full blooded volley, but Rulli is right behind it. 10 minutes left. Rulli's kick is poor, and the ball comes straight back as Denayer hits it long. Fontas misjudges the header to let Touré in...He's not making the mistake twice. Absolutely rifles it past Rulli. 1-1.

FT: Well, we should've finished the game off but we didn't and so we've paid the price. On we go.

105': Iborra rises highest to meet Konoplyanka's corner, but can't keep his header down.
105+1': Konoplyanka embarks on a mazy run, beating 4 men before crashing a shot against the base of the post.

HTET: Pretty boring half until the end

113': Fernandinho finds himself clean through on goal, but his finishing is terrible, the shot ending up close to the corner flag
118': Cristoforo is hauled back off for Vitolo. Let's hope this works out better than Zaza at the Euro's XD

FTET: To penalties we go. Our first 5 (and hopefully the only 5 we need to take) will be taken by(in order) - Gameiro, Konoplyanka, Vitolo, Iborra and Kimmich.

We will be goingfirst

1-0: Gameiro sends Hart the wrong way
1-1: Touré makes amends for his earlier miss, but only just
2-1: Konoplyanka slots it in the corner. No chance for Hart.
2-2: Ruben Neves goes for power and blasts down the middle
3-2: Vitolo doesn't do a Zaza :)
3-3: Fernandinho's penalty slips under Rulli
4-3: Iborra smashes it in via the post.
4-4: Ghoulam goes one way, Rulli the other. No pressure on the young German then...
5-4: He repays my faith for putting him fifth, definitely showing his composure to sweep it into the top corner.
5-5: Mané tucks his away emphatically. Sudden death now...
6-5: Hart gets fingertips to Coman's penalty, but can't keep it out!
6-6: Florenzi down the middle.
7-6: Carrico down the middle.
7-7: Again, Rulli should save it - but Otamendi's penalty squirms underneath his body.
7-7: Eventually, we crack. Fontas blazes his wide.
7-7: BUT RULLI SAVES STERLINGS PENALTY!!!! We're still in it!!!
8-7: Mariano shows real composure, rolling it down the centre after Hart dives. Oh, and next up for City? Hart himself.
8-8: Right in the top corner!
9-8: Hector sends Hart the wrong way
9-8!!! MONTOYA CAN'T CONVERT!! RULLI SAVES IT!!!! WE'VE WON THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!!!!

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Goalscorer: OG


... That was incredibly nervewracking. You do have to stop for a second and feel for Montoya, scoring an own goal AND missing the decisive penalty is an awful game for him. But still. 3 seasons isn't bad for turning perennial Europa League winners to Champions League winners (and not just a fluke, due to the final before it).

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And with that triumph, I enter into the English managers Hall of Fame!
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Next Update - The traditional end of season stuff with a look at the plans for the transfer window

 
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End of Season Update


First up, Sevilla's own awards.
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Of course the RB wins player of the year, that's how it works now...
Can't argue with anything else there though.

Also, here is our season review:
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Completely agree on high and low points.

Time for the league awards:
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Also, now for the eagerly anticipated news about the stadium expansion:
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250 seats?!?! Are they having a f*cking laugh?!


Player Stats
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League Tables from Europe

Bundesliga
Champions: Bayern Munich (28th title)
Champions League: Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg
Europa League: Borussia Monchengladbach, Hoffenheim, Cologne
Relegated: RB Leipzig, Werder Bremen
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English Premier League
Champions: Arsenal (15th title)
Champions League: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool
Europa League: Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United
Relegated: Ipswich Town, Aston Villa, Cardiff City
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Eredivisie
Champions: Ajax (35th title)
Champions League: Heerenveen
Europa League: Feyenoord, PSV, Gronigen
Relegated: Heracles
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Serie A
Champions: Juventus (34th title)
Champions League: Lazio, Sampdoria
Europa League: Inter Milan, Udinese, Fiorentina
Relegated: Spezia, Torino, Brescia
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Primeira Liga
Champions: Benfica (35th title)
Champions League: Sporting Lisbon
Europa League: Porto, Maritimo, Moreirense
Relegated: Estoril, Boavista
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Ligue 1
Champions: PSG (8th title)
Champions League: Monaco, Lorient
Europa League: Marseille, Lens, Lyon
Relegated: Dijon, Caen, Auxerre
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(N.B. Other news articles will be covered in another post)

Transfer Window Plans

Firstly, the truckload of players who are wanted:
Ever Banega, Ogenyi Onazi, Vicente Iborra - Chelsea
Kevin Gameiro - Juventus
TK - Real Madrid
Daniel Carrico - Sporting Lisbon
Sergio Rico - Napoli
Sebastian Cristoforo - Malaga (EOC)
Mariano - Man City
Vitolo - Man United
Ivan - Man City, Bayern Munich
Alex Grimaldo - Borussia Dortmund
Joshua Kimmich - PSG


And now, new for this window - a list of players I am most likely to sign...
Hakan Calhanoglu - Juventus
Granit Xhaka - Chelsea
Aymeric Laporte - Athletic Bilbao

​Next Update - Transfer Window Part 1
 

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my last 2 hours at work have flown by thanks to reading this. love the rules you've put in place, and congrats on the success. do you still get lots of **** bids for your best players? or have teams wised up that you're not taking any of their sh*t
 

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my last 2 hours at work have flown by thanks to reading this. love the rules you've put in place, and congrats on the success. do you still get lots of **** bids for your best players? or have teams wised up that you're not taking any of their sh*t
Haha, thanks man! Good to know I'm helping someone out at work aha! Tbf, for the most part they do appear to have wised up and will only really go for the players I want to offload. But they are still prone to the occasional laughable bid, after which they will either run away from my response, or toughen up and accept my asking price (as will be shown in the next update ;) )
 
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