Always White and Blue – May/June 2018

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Well. We did our part and for once Bayern lent us a hand. We secured Champions League group stage football after a ding-dong battle with Stuttgart. 2-0 down in 15 minutes. 2-2 at 40 minutes, we were up 4-2 with ten minutes to go. About 20 seconds after exhorting the players to concentrate a defensive lapse made it 4-3. Brown trousers time for the last ten minutes but we managed to get out of the game with an invaluable 3 points that put us out of reach for Dortmund.

Finishing the season with a 3-1 win over Hamburg was lovely but horror was to come…

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With ten minutes to go against Hamburg, Ribamar seemed fine to me. But he went off and I got this horrific news. We had the Cup Final coming up and he had been excellent all year. It may not have showed on the stat sheet but he was heavily involved up front and I had even adjusted tactics to allow him to be even more involved. *sigh* Such is the way of the FM Gods. We do have Colidio (or Colidigol as he is known) on the way, but who knows what will happen with him out.

I think we will be OK and he is only 20 so he should put it behind him.

The Cup Final was an utter disaster. We have played Bayern pretty well every time but on this occasion they ran absolutely riot. Specifically, Lewandowski ran absolutely riot and we just generally had a shocker. The game was over as a contest with Bayern up 3-0 after 35 minutes. It’s a shame but the priority was survival and we smashed that expectation so to make the Final was nice but I wasn’t expecting much.

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“We’re in the money… Huh-uh-uh-Honeeeeey! We’re in the money, and we paid our debt off too…”

Overall I can have absolutely no complaints. We do have to look at how we play defensively if we are going to persist with the 4-3-3 narrow as it conceded a few more goals than one would have hoped. Sure we won a majority of those games rather than draws with the Buffalo Wing but even so, it is something that needs to be addressed. Especially with Champions League football next season. Any suggestions on a tactical overhaul (if needed)? Whack them in the comments.

So, we finished 2nd, made the Pokal final and have got a financial windfall this season and next. Overall a fantastic effort by the players. Simply superb. Here’s hoping we can go one better next year.

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Handy profit! The finances are looking good. The board have offered £4 million pounds for transfers for next season. I am hoping that can get a little bump. Time will tell.

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You’re not helping.

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Two years in a row! He has been excellent in u19 matches and I am keeping an eye on him to make his debut and play some cup football next season.

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Uduokhai was absolutely superb. I am a little surprised Romero didn’t get any love as he had a brilliant season. Ortega thoroughly deserved 3rd. He was much better than his average rating of 7.06 would indicate.

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Blah, blah, players should get the credit, yadda, yadda, yadda.

And it seems some of the fans agree!

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Uhhh… I’ll remember that, pal.

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Jeez Julie. You’ve been getting stuck into us all year.

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Romero was superb this year with 18 goals in 27 games. How he didn’t get near the Newcomer of the Year award is a mystery.

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A great year. A young squad and things are looking pretty groovy at the Allianz.

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Favoured staff, eh? Time to become an egomaniac I think. Still, it’s always nice when this happens on FM.

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I took advantage of the Bundesliga winnings to ask for an upgrade and the board have delivered. It’s fantastic news as with the improvements we are slowly making to the staff, having great facilities will only make for even better young players making it through and hopefully reaching their potential.

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My top players for the season are Ortega, Romero, de Ligt, Ribamar and Boya and Uduokhai. But Sessegnon was extremely promising after his transfer from Fulham as was Abouchabaka. A special mention comes for Sascha Mölders. He basically hadn’t played for 18 months since I took over. When Romero went out for two months I gave him some football and boy, oh boy did he deliver some excellent performances. He is 32 but it was enough for me to give him one more year on a reduced salary to be a solid backup for the main forwards.

Anyway, an excellent year all told and we are excited about that is to come. We are on the up and Bayern better watch their ******* backs!

FÜR IMMER WEIß UND BLAU!

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