Always White and Blue! – Jan/Feb 2018

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A busy couple of months at the Allianz after a well earned winter break. Some players went away to sunnier climes on a brief holiday before returning for a quick training camp in the Baleares. We were working on a narrower 4-3-3 as I am preparing for the absolute glut of strikers that we will have from next season. The transfer window opened up too meaning that we could look at improving our LB position and in midfield. We had some particular targets in mind and seriously splashed the cash. But I think in time we will be proven correct. It’s one of those things where it may look expensive now but if it can get us continental football then it will be 100% worth it. Some decent results followed after the break with one or two matches we would like to take back. The narrow 4-3-3 worked wonderfully well at times and got some good results. I think I shall use it until the end of the season and and see what we we need to utilise for next season.

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Well. there are three results that stand out for different reasons. After having lost to Wolfsburg in a game that we controlled from start to finish and dropping points to Mainz we really needed to respond. So I took the punt on the three striker 4-3-3. I figured that we essentially have Aigner playing as an auxiliary striker and Amilton likes to cut inside as well, so we could find a way to utilise Gytkjær, Romero and Ribamar at the same time. Well, it had immediate results thrashing Leverkusen and Hannover in the Pokal and an amazing game vs Bayern. We led 3-1 at around 60 minutes but Bayern being Bayern they managed to get a superb goal out of Vidal and then a late kick in the teeth made it 3-3. I was pretty unhappy we let a two goal lead slip but getting a point is a top result. The game against Augsburg was a shocker. Two mental lapses from set pieces did us in but we ended the month on a high with an annihilation of Freiburg.

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Could have been better. But 4th? That’s incredible as far as I am concerned. 11 games to go in our first Bundesliga season and absolutely anything could happen. Having drawn to Bayern and beaten Dortmund is fabulous as we have some games against league strugglers coming up in the future that could end up leaving us sitting pretty.

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We spent a lot on two wonderkid midfielders (in my humble opinion) but, as I said, I think it will be worth it. Liendl was sold to St. Pauli for £300,000 pounds as he wasn’t getting games and is now the wrong side of 32 so I thought I would get something for him and replace him with a younger talent.

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I don’t think we will see the extra £75,000 but for a player in his position I think it is good business. And here is his replacement…

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He doesn’t look like too much yet but my scouts love him, he can play in multiple positions and has a ton of potential. Win. Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, he had a handy debut.

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Next we tried to fill our LB spot. There was a lot of utter dross out there so I spent over the odds to get a potential starting LB for the next decade or more. Purchased for the princely sum of £9.5 million pounds, I present to you the following starlet for the stable.

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Speed to burn, an excellent crosser and underrated defender at only 17 years of age, Sessegnon looks to be a star in the making. I have started on retraining him as a wingback to suit our system and when/if he becomes a natural at that we will look to train him as a fullback as well.

Worth every pfennig.

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So they bloody should think I am awesome. I am.

And modest too…

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All that spending took a chunk out. But you need to spend a bit sometimes. Oh yes, we had our youth intake too. It has some real talents…

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Müller and Paula are the stars of the show. Not exactly much depth in the intake, but hopefully that will improve.

Here are the young future 1860 Munich stars.

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Some decent potential there. And a 14yo at 190cms is intriguing.

Anyways, there you have it. I am hoping to move to bi-monthly updates as I enjoy them more. I hope you all do as well.

FÜR IMMER WEIß UND BLAU!

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