I am happy to say that The Pozzo Machine will return tomorrow! I am now actually in 2021, so I will do a few updates to cover what has happened until we are caught up to where I acutally am. Hope you are all excited!
A lot of key performers who have been the catalyst our impressive run. Sebastian Falchi has taken over as out 1st choice keeper, the young Uruguayan is conceding less than a goal a game. Mate Loncarevic has been our rock at the back, however the Croat has interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester City, we will do very well to keep him even until the end of this season. Branco van den Boomen has of course been Captain Fantastic in the middle, his average rating shows it! And then our front 3, Mabilia, Murillo and Soto. They have scored 53 goals between them already this season! This is even more impressive as only 2 of the 3 play at one time.
Renato was brought in as our replacement for Franco Pereyra, and what a player he has been! He has played 16 league games, and got 16 goals and 14 assists in that time leading the league in both! That record speaks for itself.
The next update will be January, and then until the end of the season.
A big signing for us. Olympiakos didnt want to let go of him, but I think Carlao could become a world-class talent over the next few years. He was originally brought in to play RW but we will see how he ends up fitting in. Really happy with this deal.
Fabrizio Cusi has been a good servant to the club for many years, but the time has come for him to move on. He has not really progressed over the last few years, so I decided to cash in on him, he moves to Everton.
We have completed our Euro Qualifying campaign successfully, winning our group. We lost to Sweden on the last day of qualifying to make it look a lot closer than it actually was, we only conceded 4 goals in the 8 games we played.
So we started the season brilliantly, after a very disappointing 18/19 campaign. By the end of January we had a 14 point lead over our closest rival Vitesse, we were already half way to winning back the Eredivisie title for the 3rd time.
It was true. We continued to in all honesty obliterate the opposition. we only dropped points in 3 Eredivisie matches from the end of January only loosing once, meaning we would very easily win the title.
In the end we won the title by 27 points, almost doubling our advantage at the end of January! PSV came out on top of the chasing pack, Ajax all the way down in 6th. What a season, pure domination domestically..
One stat I really liked was that the salary per annum compared to other teams in the Eredivisie. Despite winning the league, we are only paying our players 1/4 of what 6th placed Ajax are paying their players!
After qualifying for the Europa League knockout rounds finishing top of our group, we would play Metalist. Despite loosing the first leg 1-0, we turned it around and won 2-1 on aggregate. We then beat Hoffenheim who have been our kryptonite on Europe so far in a thrilling tie, scraping through on pens. We then beat Fiorentina and Club Brugge on away goals, to set up a final with Liverpool.
Despite loosing the final on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, we could be very proud of our run in Europe this season. I believe we have now established ourselves as a real threat in Europe, and hopefully we can be more competitive in the Champions League next season!
Branco van den Boomen has had a superb season, the only stat you need is a 7.83 av. rating in the league! Love this guy, we brought him in for 190k in 2015, 5 years on our captain is leading us to great success!
Both these players have come on a ton since signing for us (Mabilia last summer and Carlao in January). Mabilia has been unreal up top for us, scoring 30 goals and creating 21 goals through assists! Mabilia really is out YPOTY, but I couldnt ignore Carlao's contributions in the few months he has been with us.
After a brilliant season with De Graafschap, I turned my attentions to Hollland and our Euro 2020 campaign. Despite being ranked the 6th best team in Europe, I hoped we could go further than that and challenge for the trophy!
Our final group match would prove to be out least convincing, only a late winner from Memphis Depay would grab us the 3 points. However a maximum 9 points puts us through to the knockout stages, we look in good shape!
We draw Belgium in the first knockout round, a very tough draw at this stage of the tournament. However, Belgium only managed 3rd in their group, and were very close to going out of the tournament.
I have been hired by France! France finished bottom of their Euro group, Romania, Bosnia and eventual winners Portugal were above them. Even so, I am looking forward to this role, I think we are good enough to be a real threat at the World Cup in 2022.
Love the look of Nestor, he could be one of the world's best playmakers one day. He was a fair investment, so I am hoping he can progress well. He is already injured for 3 months, he started the season very well which is a shame.
What a bargain this guy was! I took a gamble on this guy a few years ago, and it looks like it has payed off! At the age of 18 he looks like a top deep lying playmaker, no doubt the big teams will be after him soon.
We sent Lucas out on loan last season to out affiliate club Gimnastic after he had under performed for us for a few seasons. He tore it up last year scoring 25 goals, which meant his value rose rapidly, so we cashed in on him, good luck to him. We make a 10 million profit on him.
Tonny Trindade de Vilhena / Norwich - 11.5 million euros
A good young player who was signed all the way back in 2016, has been loaned out regularly and hasnt really progressed, so we cashed in on him for a small 150k profit. I think he is worth more but that is all I could get for him. He moves on to a now relegated Leverkusen.