ES Viry-Chatillon Season Review 2022/23
Media Prediction: 4th
Board expectations: Qualify for Europa League
League Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
Incredibly nervy season! Started fantastic, my new recruit from Marseille Mattia Panagelli was scoring for fun, with 12 goals in my opening 10 games, we flew to the top of league. Panagelli then tore his hamstring, missing out on 14 league games, we struggled for goals sometimes but we managed to scrape by, mainly due to the sheer brilliance of Oneil Tatlot. By halfway point, we had amassed a 12 point lead, at that point over Lyon. Marseille and PSG were having a nightmare season.
But then I started dropping points I shouldn't have, and out of nowhere, PSG put together a fantastic run to get within a few points. They have a ridiculously talented squad, and at times I was resigned to them overtaking me, especially when they came to Stade Henri Longuet and turned us over 3-1, but it could have been about 7-1, we were totally outclassed. They eventually did overtake us, but then themselves went on a poor run, which due to some bizarre scheduling, left me 1 point behind them, but with 2 games in hand. Panagelli had since returned from his injury, but wasn't looking the player he was befoe the injury, so I took one of those football manager gambles, where you drop a key player, hoping his replacement might just give you something extra, so in came Mondor Kessou up front. Those 2 games in hand were away from home, to Lille then Lyon. We won both of them, very nervy encounters indeed-Kessou scoring the winner in both, to give us a 5 point lead with 2 games left. Our next game was our 3rd away game in a row, away to Rennes (where we won 5-0 last season) so I was confident.
Kessou kept up his run of form, scoring the winner for 3rd game in a row to give us the victory that sealed the first ever Ligue 1 title for Viry-Chatillon, we are the champions!!
Needless to say in true Viry-Chatillon style, our last game of season was at home to already relegated Lorient, who turned us over 2-1, but by then it was already wrapped up, we were the Champions of France, and in turn I became a legend of this great club! Also named Manager of the Year.
Got to the 2nd knockout round, going out to Werder Bremen. In all games, I played a combination of reserve players and under 19's, and they really surprised me, the best result of which being a victory in Dortmund, with a team with about 5 or 6 starters under 19. A few of mu under 19's have really stepped up when given their chance, Maxime Reset being the best example.
The kids/reserves were knocked out at home to St Ettiene on pens in the 11th round.
Coupe de la Ligue
Beaten 3-0 by Marseille in the Semi Finals, again, it was very much a reserve squad, was totally focussed on keeping top players fit for league.
Same as last year,bold will denote first choice, and a star* will denote an academy player.
Jimmy Lynch - solid season, including a superhuman performance in a 0-0 draw away to Marseille, was a crucial point, and if it wasn't for Lynch, we'd have lost 5-0!
Murahla - my two youth keepers made a couple of mistakes when Lynch got injured, I realised if I was serious about winning league, I had to have real quality back up between the sticks, so I went and spent £1.7m on this guy, he done well when called upon.
Marvin Angoma - still hoping he'll turn out well, but may loan him out this season coming. Is a regular in French youth squads.
Nathaniel Chalobah - great season from the centre back, got amongst the goals too, I set match preparation to "attacking set pieces", and for a run of about 4 games, he kept scoring at corners!
Karl Thorpe - solid partner at heart of my all English central defence .
Andrew O'Neill - young Canadian right back had a good season.
Cedric Hue - 6 ft 3 inches tall, this guy is a giant for me down the left, deployed as a wing back, he's fantastic. Only French player in my back 4.
Safoun Saidi - the surprise of the season. Got him on a bosman from Lille, the Belgian was soon capped by his 2nd nation, Morocco. When he got his chance, he was excellent at right back, and actually toward end of season was keeping O'Neil out the team. He's annoying me with his contract demands, he'd only been here 5 minutes, played well in a match, and wanted a new deal. I tell him to get lost, but he keeps coming back wanting more money, so despite how well he's played I might chase him, I've got a good right back coming in from Man United in the summer. It's a shame because he's a great wing back.
*Jimmy Donaldson* - my homegrown utility defender played well in Europa league, and was regularly brought on in the dying minutes of league matches I was winning narrowly. Regular in France under 21 squad despite his 1st nationality being Scottish.
Andy McMahon - picked this guy up from Man United on a bosman, he done well at both centre of defence and midfield, good player.
Mahmoud Rabie - half a million pounds for the young Egyptian, he looks like he'll be top drawer.
*Maxime Reset* - young centre half who played well and Europa and I'm hoping to train up to compete for first team, at least make a good back up player.
Didn't feature much, but want to show Bart Van der Weg, who looks like he'll be a top player. Got him for half a million quid.
Oneil Tatlot - star of my team, sheer class, wins games on his own, regularly linked with all the big clubs, but his £100m asking price keeps him from any bids. World Class in my opinion. Established in the France midfield.
Ali Jelassi - Like Tatlot, regular for France now, and it's not hard to see why, fantastic player.
John Larsson - My holding midfielder, the Swede is important to the team.
Pituca - the Brazilian midfield general oozes quality. A class player.
Raul Gil - good squad player, contract up in a year though, and may want too much money, could be moved on dependant on contract negotiations.
Darko Borozan - the young Croat can't get in our starting midfield, so has to content himself with Europa/domestic cup appearances.
Daniel Sedlacek - able deputee for Tatlot in tip of my midfield diamond.
Mattia Panagelli - fantastic season. Shame he got injured, missed out on 14 league games. League victory would have been by greater margin if he was fit, I have no doubt about that.
Tony Champion - scored some important goals in Panagelli's absence, but ultimately disapointing season from the Englishman. Will be looking for an improvement next season.
*Ilan Roger* - the 17 year old started many European games, and the odd league game. Really taking shape now, trying to brush up on his ball control stats, think he'll be a star for me in the future. Regular in the France U-21 team.
Mondor Kessou - will go down in Viry-Chatillon folklore as the man who scored the league winning goal. Gave us a great burst of form at pivotal point of season, scoring winning goal 3 games in a row to win the league when my other strikers were out of orm. Deal is up in a year, is 29 years old, I have quality strikers arriving in the summer, I may sell him despite his contribution in the final weeks.
Mohamed Diagne - season on the periphary of the team, couldn't get a run of games. Again, like Kessou, deal is up in a year, I may move him on given his age. He's a model professional though so it'd be good to keep him for tutoring purposes.
Samuel Preston - bit part season, leaving on a free to Wigan.
Rui Silva - may be part of the clear out, doesn't feature often enough to warrant his wage.
*Patrice Caron* - young striker I've got high hopes for. not as good as Roger, but could definitely make a good squad player.
Finances - got a good amount of prize money for winning league, plus will have revenue from Champ League. Plus, a year on from Abidouns £9.2m move to Sevilla, he went onto Man United for £20m, I had a 50% transfer clause, so I'm getting another £10m over the next 2 years from that! Got 8th in the league in terms of wage budget. Still got lowest average attendance in the league.
Transfers - like mentioned above, the sale of Abidoun, whilst sad losing a club favourite, was a stroke of genius, as in total I've earned £19m from the transfer now he's been sold on. Spent a few quid on a new keeper, and a couple of young prospects. I've the lowest net transfer spend in the league.
Facilities - Well after last seasons bug/glitch, where I spent £5m on upgrading my facilities, only to see they'd stayed the same despite me getting a message saying they were complete, I've asked to have them increased again, so we'll see come January if it's worked this time!
Club Info - I'm a legend!
Got a couple of players in team of the year.
Now ranked 34th in Europe.
Trophy Cabinet - The National trophy was awfully lonely, so I've given him a new friend, the Ligue 1 trophy!
Got a few bosmans already lined up, some really good players coming in for free.
Brayan Guttierez - Colombian international looks the part, scored against me in the Europa league this season.
Daniel Schneider - Liechestein international looks a good prospect.
Sevki Gurdal - young Turkish midfielder coming in on a free.
Viv Cable - every year it seems I pick a player or 2 up from Man United, and this years no different, with the right sided player coming in to challenge O'Neill for right back.
Like Man United, Rennes is a club I often poach from, this year it's Vladimir Kralic, young striker I've been tracking for a few seasons, looks good.
Atila - winger brought in as we've no natural width, no plan b with the diamond in midfield, so going to give wingers another try.
Ante Livaja - winger also, hoping for good service to my front men. We're too dependant on Tatlot to create chances.
Next season: Well I anticipate a huge summer in terms of people leaving/coming in. This squad was good enough to win us the title...just! But if we're to win more, we need more quality, so a few favourites of my own and some club icons will undoubtedly leave, and I'm hoping to assemble to squad of 25 players of real quality, with the youngsters to supplement.
Season Division Pos French Cup League Cup Europe Notes
2012/13 National 4th 8th round N/A Survived Relegation
2013/14 National 8th 7th round N/A N/A
2014/15 National 1st 8th round N/A Champions
2015/16 Ligue 2 6th 7th round 2nd round Consolidated
2016/17 Ligue 2 2nd 11th round 4th round Promotion
2017/18 Ligue 1 10th Runners Up 4th round Survived
2018/19 Ligue 1 6th 11th Round 2nd round Consolidated
2019/20 Ligue 1 3rd 11th Round 3rd Round Qualified for Champ League
2020/21 Ligue 1 3rd 11th Round 4th Round EL QF Qualified for Champ League
2021/22 Ligue 1 4th 11th Round Semi's CL Group Stages Qualified for Europa League
2022/23 Ligue 1 1st 11th Round Semi's EL 2nd KO Round Champions
Season Ligue 1 French Cup Coupe de la Ligue Champions Lg Europa World Cup/Euros
2011/12 PSG PSG OM Barcelona Roma Euros-Germany
2012/13 Lyon Toulouse Lyon Inter Liverpool
2013/14 Lyon PSG Toulouse Barcelona Porto WC-Argentina
2014/15 Lyon Toulouse Lyon Man Utd Stuttgart
2015/16 PSG Lorient Lyon Juventus Man United Euros-Germany
2016/17 PSG Sochaux PSG Benfica Arsenal
2017/18 OM Lorient OM PSG Arsenal WC- Belgium
2018/19 OM OM RC Lens Man Utd Barcelona
2019/20 PSG St Ettiene Sedan Valencia Hamburg Euros-Belgium
2020/21 PSG Valenciennes OM PSG Benfica
2021/22 OM Lyon Lyon Arsenal Fiorentina WC-England
2022/23 Viry-Chatillon Lyon OM Barcelona Leverkusen