Always White and Blue! – Hinrunde 17/18

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Welcome back!

It’s been a busy few months at the Allianz with the Hinrunde just being completed. Some excellent football has been played and we find ourselves sitting nicely on the league table. The Chairman is back on my good side after he sold my hot prospect striker to Dortmund for a pittance. The offer was too good to refuse he tells me. Being considered “rich” I had to settle for a rather paltry transfer budget to start trying to hoover up all the talented starlets around the world.

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Ummm. Yay?

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We were fending off bids for ages on Reinert. It’s a crying shame as he is a German national who has a lot of potential. The sniffing around the others appears to have stopped for now, but Max Romero and Ribamar are now the next Mario Kempes and Luis Fabiano respectively so I am sure I will start to see some unwelcome interest.

In terms of transfers we stretched the remit of the game (just this once) and made a permanent signing out of Ba. Ironically, Ba is not a first team regular as envisaged. That honour goes to Mattias de Light, a young Ajax defender, who has been very impressive considering his tender years. Composed on the ball and solid in all aspects he has been great for us. I do regret the signing of Vargas. Sure he was signed to backup Wittek, but not only has Wittek now gone, Tim Handwerker came in on a free transfer and has been excellent in the absence of Boemisch.

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We made a profit on our signings over the close season but the big ones for me (financially yes, but also talent wise) were the sale to Augsburg of Max Wittek and the signing of Max Romero. The next Mario Kempes is living up to his billing at the moment being able to keep Ribamar and Gytkjær on the bench. Liendl has been sidelined by the development of Neuhaus and Lacazette so will probably be leaving soon having been transfer-listed. Reinert’s sale has one silver lining. Depending on the clauses we may be looking at £4.7 million pounds when all is said done.

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I hardly expected this! We have dropped some gettable points but the 4-3-3 is going very well. Especially since we implemented some tweaks by the wonderful people on Slack. 13 games unbeaten to end the Hinrunde and we look in control of games for the most part. The only issue presenting itself, as previously mentioned, is that of playing one striker and retraining the others or moving to a 4-4-2 or variant thereof. Post your thoughts below!

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We copped an absolute hiding from Chicarito and Leverkusen but overall things have been extremely positive. We are playing some great football and should take a lot of confidence into the Rückrunde. We were toothless against Bayern, but isn’t everyone? Beating Dortmund away and Bremen away were great results and amazingly keep us in the thick of the European hunt. I am waiting for our form to drop off but as long as we keep it tight and our possession stays decent we should be fine. After all, if they don’t have it, they can’t score. This isn’t to say we are playing tiki-taka though.

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Solid. Very, very solid. I am honestly unsure as to how long Aigner can continue to keep to this standard. He is at that age where things could start to head south. Fast. Romero has 9 goals in 14 and Amilton, who was almost sold last season has chipped in with 8 goals and 6 assists. Not much to say here really, it has all been very positive.

In extra-happy-sunshine-lollipop-wowzers news, I thought I would take a punt and requested that my Chairman improve the already superb youth facilities. The man didn’t even blink, approving development of the facilities valued at over £5 million pounds.

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This after improving the training facilities which should see us set for years to come.

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So there you have it. 1860 are flying in the league, development of the facilities is hurtling along and things are looking very rosy indeed. We have a bloody long way to go before we achieve our goal of more Champion’s Leagues than those red ********* from across the way but as we always say…

FÜR IMMER WEIß UND BLAU!

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