Season Review 2023/24
Media Prediction: 4th
Board Expectation: Qualify for Champions League
Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
A fantastic season to earn our 2nd title in a row, whereas last season it was a closer affair, we ended up romping the league by 12 points, a fantastic performance by all concerned.
Started well enough though lost early on to Rennes, then went on a 30-odd unbeaten run in the league to wrap up the league, which considering we didn't have Oneil Tatlot (our best player) for 3-4 months, is a fantastic achievement. We were unbeaten at home all season, and only lost late on the season after the league was won and I played a lot of youngsters/fringe players.
The undoubted story of the season is the emergence of Ilan Roger, who notched 24 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions. I had planned to keep him involved this season, and started giving him starts against weaker opposition, but he had a run of form where he kept scoring (including 2 hat-tricks in the space of a month), and I figured I'd just keep him in the team, and he scored some vital winning goals.
Great team effort, and Roger aside, no standout performers - shown by the fact we only had 1 player in team of the season (Pituca).
Joining us in Ligue 1 are Auxerre, Grenoble & Lorient, replacing the relegated US Raon l'Etape, Stade Malherbe Caen, and Toulouse.
We won the season opener, which for some reason was at Lyon's stadium, but it didn't really matter as we turned them over 3-0.
Crashed out first game away to Ligue 1 opposition on pens so wasn't too fussed as was reserve/u-19 squad. This competition was surprisingly won by Ligue 2 FC Rouen, who beat Marseille in the final.
Coupe de la Ligue
Beaten in the Quarters by Marseille.
Fixtures | Table
Only lost 1 game but still crashed out in 3rd place.
Knocked out in 1st Knockout Round by Porto 3-1 on aggregate.
As per usual, bold denotes first choice, whilst *stars* mark an academy player. A few of the younger players, their stats for season will be based on reserve team fixtures, it may say they've started 25 games etc, but for the youngsters that means reserve league fixtures.
Jimmy Lynch - reliable keeper, contract up in a year, considering moving him on as I've a good keeper coming on a bosman.
Marvin Angloma - did excellently when Lynch was injured for a while.
*Amar Ben Haddou* - academy player surpised me when I checked up on him mid season to find his attributes had increased considerably, gave him his first taste of senior football after we'd won the league, coaches rate him as 3.5 potential, which if he reaches would make him a far better keeper than my current number 1.
Viv Cable - picked this Englishman up on a bosman from Man United, he had a cracking season. Was capped by his 2nd Nation - Wales, and is currently at Euro 2024 with them.
Nathan Chalobah - same old from Nathan, solid as a rock.
Karl Thorpe - excellent season from Karl again, signed him up for another 5 years.
Cedric Hue - didn't start season 1st choice, but took his chance when he got it. Earned a solitary France cap this season.
*Jimmy Donaldson* - handy to have on the bench due to his versatility. Decent player but doubt he'll ever be first choice, happy to keep him as a utility man though.
Peter Mohammed - spent a couple of million to bring the left back from relegated Montpellier - started season 1st choice and did well, but Hue dislodged him toward end of season. Still great cover and will feature plenty next season due to heavy schedule.
Mahmoud Rabie - hoping this man will be long term successor to Thorpe.
Bart Van Der Weg - and hope this kid will partner Rabie in my future centre defence, looks like he'll be a class player.
*Maxime Reset* - decent player and versatile. Coaches reported due to off field events his attitude is shocking, don't know what I can do about that? May just sell him? Anyone had any experience of this?
*Recep Alici* - gave the young French/Turkish full back a few games after league was sewn up, hoping he'll be in first team in a few years, he's got the potential.
Oneil Tatlot - injured for a long spell, but either side of the injury he was his ever reliable self creating and scoring goals. Essential to us.
Pituca - fans player of the year, class act, and has just signed a megabucks 5 yr deal with us. Got into Ligue 1 team of the year (our only player in it despite romping the league!). Won 2 consecutive goal of the month awards also.
John Larsson - anchor man in midfield, and like Pituca, has just penned a new 5 yr deal for a ridiculously high wage but I don't want to lose him and the money is in my budget.
Ali Jelassi - class act, and is getting more goals which is what was missing from his game.
Andy McMahon - versatile player I had initially signed for cover at centre back, but when played in midfield this season, he scored quite a lot, including a hat trick off the bench! Good squad player, who picked up caps for his 2nd country Grenada this season.
*Charles Modeste* - the young defensive mid is already technically very good, working on improving him physically and I'll have a handy player for the first team.
Pablo Roig - January signing (bosman - suprise surpise!) from Argentinian football, did very well when called upon, very good player. Man City enquired about him toward end of season but I rejected it, he's solid.
Ante Livaja - I toyed with idea of wingers this season, it sometimes worked but overall I still prefer midfield diamond, this guy is frustrated with lack of football, and I may move him on as he's on a hefty wage.
Atila - same as Livaja - too much of a wage for a guy who doesn't play, so I'll look into possibly moving him on. Good player though.
Samba Coulibaly - attributes have improved greatly for the youngster I got on a free from Auxerre some years ago, and I still think given time he'll be a good player at this level.
Sevki Gurdal - injury ruined the young Turk's season, see how he does next year.
Raul Gil - retrained him as right back to give him more value to us, he's a good player but will never get in front of the first picks, so he's been used more at right back this season, but still a good player in midfield.
*Ilan Roger* - although Pituca won our player of the season, this guy would be my pick. Fantastic season from the wonderkid, and as you can see from the screenie, has just earned recognition with the France national team, getting his debut at Euro 2024. Huge future, hopefully with us. Only problem is a post I mentioned on page 38 of thread, over the past 2-3 years, his determination has decreased from 18 to 13, I take it due to who I've linked him up with when doing tutoring? So I'm going to try and fix it this season. But it's a minor concern, the rest of his attributes are coming on nicely.
Brayan Guttierez - the Colombian scored against me in the Europa league last season for AA Gent, he really impressed, so I picked him up on a bosman. Already had Man City enquire about him. Great looking player, and looking for more goals next season.
Tony Champion - found himself 2nd choice for the first time in his career with us, be interesting to see how he reacts. Just signed a new megabucks deal for 5 yrs, I rate him highly and is a model pro, so I like to get him to tutor my youngsters.
Mattia Panagelli - last seasons hero really didn't get a lot of game time, I may move him. Good player but he's on a hefty wage for a reserve. See how pre-season goes.
Daniel Schneider - picked this Liechtenstein international up from Mattersburg on a free, didn't impress me to be honest, but will give him another season to get his act together.
Vladimir Kralik - good 1st season from the French U-21, got him on a free from Rennes, hoping he'll go on to play for France senior team too.
*Patrice Caron* - not sure if this kid will ever cut it with me, possibly not, but gave him a run end of season and he scored first ever senior goal. May look into loaning him out.
*Gregory Michel* - like Caron, got his first senior goal for us this season, but don't think he'll be up to it long term with us.
Finances - for the first time ever I wasn't bottom of average attendance list! Only 2nd bottom! Got plenty of prize money from Champions League + winning Ligue 1.
Facilities - youth is listed as good, and work is underway to improve this, will be ready in December.
Players going to Euros.
Ranked 31st in Europe.
Got a few players coming in on pre-contracts:
Ugo Potenza - Italian international, I struggled when Tatlot was injured, hoping this man can play in the hole behind the strikers when Tatlot is needing rest/injured.
Pavel Skrobak - great looking keeper who I think will be my number 1.
Daniel Michel - to give us more options in midfield.
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
2023/24 Ligue 1 1st 9th Round Quarters CL Group Stages 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
2023/24 Viry-Chatillon FC Rouen OM Barcelona Rubin Kazan Euros - Spain