Thomas Lewis' Career - Season Review 2019/20 - Manchester City
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- Final Table
Another terrific league campaign in which we lost just two games all season, neither of which came in the second half of the campaign. True we did draw more games in the second half of the season, as we only won twelve of our nineteen fixtures. We again had an amazing defenive record, which was even two better than last term. However we scored one goal less.
That now makes it two titles in a row, the first time Manchester City have won back-to-back titles in their history.
For the second season in a row the FA Cup represented the third part of our dometic treble. We weren't spectacular throughout the competition until the semi final stage, where we played won a thrilling tie against our Manchester rivals in extra time. We took the trophy with a very solid 2-0 win
The trophy was also my seventh in just two seasons with City.
Always an important competition, this was the sixth League Cup win of my career. As with last season I dn't just play the kids in this tournament, just rotate the first team squad a bit. We negotiated the early rounds fairly easily before two cracking semi final matches against Arsenal. West Ham were our opponents in the final, and we ran out comfortable 3-0 winners
Could we make it a hattrick of League Cups next term?
Eliminated in the Quarter Finals
Well we made a decent fist of things really in what was the clubs first Champions League season since the 2017/18 campaign. The group stage was relatively comfortable, as we topped ith with fourteen points from our six games. We played very well in the 1st knockout round, and despite losing in the first leg we roared back in the second with a thumping 3-0 victory. Against Barcelona in the quarter finals we played out two very tight games, and things may have gone differently had Jason Malpass not lost the ecnd leg through injury.
Barcelona went on to win the competition, knocking out Arsenal in the semi finals and then hammering Juventus 3-0 in the final.
Some top drawer performances from alot of players throughout the campaign. Malpass was excellent in his first season, as were other new signings Douglas and Mauro Vasquez. Some of the older boys aswell showed excellent quality and consistentcy, most notably Gael Clichy and Vincent Kompany. Lucas Moura had a good season aswell, which would have been better had he not picked up an injury at the start of April ruling him out for the rest of the campaign.
Alot of transfer activity took place again before the season and during the January window. Although we spent £126million, it must be remembered that £70million of that went on just one player. We again brought in a good amount from player sales, aswell as getting some hefty wages off the budget. This summer will mostly see investment in younger players.
Financially we have performed better than last season when we made a loss of £20million, as this term we made a profit of £10million. I regret to say though that we again relied heavily on the chairman ploughing in extra investment. Most of our outlay was down to transfers and our huge wage budget, which I will be making an effort to cut this summer. With another season to come in the Champions League our finances should improve further over the course of next season, and I aim to bring down the amount of cash injections needed from the chairman.
Top 3 Players
An excellent debut season from the £70million man. It would have been even better had he not missed seven games due to injury towards the end of the season. Aswell the goals, I was delighted with the amount of assists he provided. Great stuff.
Even at the age of 34 he is still vitally important to us. The amount of games he played for someone his age was simply amazing, and he'll definitely be around next term to hopefully lead us to further glory.
A cracking opening season at the club for the young Argentine, who formed a great midfield pairing with fellow Argentinian Nestor Schmidt. He won the PFA Young Player Of The Year award, as he contributed five goals and even assists in his 28 league appearances. Overall he managed seven goals and 14 assists from 43 appearances, and there's more to come.
I'll maybe look to add a player or two over the summer as we aim for Champions League glory next season. Aside from that I'll be looking to sign up more young players, and hopefully cut the wage bill with a few departures.