Thomas Lewis' Career - October 2020 - Manchester City
Although I was disappointed that we conceded our first league goal of the campaign, I can't complain and say this wasn't a good month for us. Although Chelea are struggling this term, a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge is still a good result. After the international break we cut Bolton to pieces with Jason Malpas in top form. After that was Spurs away, where we drew 1-1. The dra was a fair result, but to concede s late as we did was disappointing. We fiinished the month off with a solid win at home to Everton, a resulted that kept us tucked in behind United at the top of the table.
League Cup - 4th Round
A good performance from the League Cup side, with Nduka Agu performing excellently in getting his first goals for the club. In the quarter finals we face West Ham, again at the Etihad.
October 2020 Continued
A simply outstanding performance from the lads. Neymar had actually been on a bit of a goal drought before this atch, but really came to life when given the lone striker role for a chance. Lucas Moura was also excellent, and now headng into matchday four we are in a very good position.
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Chelsea in the drop zone
Swansea up there as well . Nice result against Rangers.
Thomas Lewis' Career - November 2020 - Manchester City
I think the best way to describe this month is average. It started well enough with a 3-0 win against Watford, though the downside to that was Jason Malpass picking up a knock which would keep him out for 3-4 weeks. We followed that with an ugly win away at Aston Villa. My former club Swansea came to the Etihad next, and with new manager Quiqe Flores in the hotseat they performed well and earned a draw. The month finished aay at Newcastle, and a drab goaless draw was played out.
Up next in the league is a home game againt West Brom.
November 2020 Continued
We secured our place in the next round of the Champions League with a 4-2 win in Scotland against Rangers. Neymar was again in top form, though the game was a real ding dong affair with them taking the lead twice before we eventually overcame them thanks to the Samba stars. After that we rew 0-0 with PSG to secure tp spot. They came to defend, and indeed did just that.
We finish our group fixtures off with a trip to Bosnia to face Zelijeznicar.
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You posted the record. It will get broken in the next match.
Hands up if you think he lost the next match.
OK, the next one then ;)
A 36...now 39 game unbeaten streak is almost an entire season! Congrats.
Thomas Lewis' Career - December 2020 - Manchester City
A near perfect month, with only Birmingham preventing us from winning seven from seven! The ost pleasing aspect on the month wasn't the calibre of some of the teams we beat, it was the fact that we kept cleansheets in all of those victories. The only game we were particularly fortunate in was against Arsenal who gave us a bit of a battering after we took the lead early on. Aside from that we had comfortable wins against Liverpool and city rivals Mancheter United, and although not by dominating scorelines, very comfortable wins over West Brom, Fulham, and Wigan.
Next up in the Premier League is a home game against Southampton.
League Cup - Quarter Final
Poor performance, and it took one of my regular first teamers to come from the bench to snatch it in extra time. However, we are into the semi finals so I can't complain. We face Chelsea in the tw legged affair, whilt the other semi is between Bolton and Championship side QPR.
December 2020 Continued
A good finish to the group stages with a 4-0 win in Bosnia. the most pleasing aspect was that I tried out a new formation against them, one that I hope to develop more in the future.
In the 1st knockout round we have been given a very tricky tie against mega rich Atletico Madrid, who are managed by Roberto Mancini.
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Not surprised to see you lift the Manager of the Month Award. Brilliant month .
Im guessing you are looking for yet another League Cup? ;). How many will that be for you in how many seasons?
And yes, once I get to the semi-final stage of the League Cup I tend to take it a bit more seriously, and that won't change this season. If we do go on to win it, it will be my third in three years with City, and seventh in eight seasons overall. The one I didn't win in 2008 was when I was only managing England.
Wow, just 3 goals conceded in the league!
Thomas Lewis' Career - January 2021 - Manchester City
Three games, three ceansheets, but only to wins. We opened up with two good wins against Southampton and West Ham, the latter alot more comfortable than the 1-0 scoreline suggests. The Ipswich game is just one of those you put down to bad day at the office for the strikers. We dominated the game, having 68% of the possession and 16 attempts to their four, but the ball just wouldn't go in. We're still three point clear though, so at the minute all is well.
Up next is a trip to the black country to face Wolves.
FA Cup - 3rd and 4th Rounds
Two very good performances against Championsip opposition. We took our time in breaking Stoke down, and indeed it was substiture Jason Malpass wh had to do. After that we scored a couple more late on to make the game safe. Against Scunthorpe we took the lead early and never looked back - it was as comfortable as it could get.
The fifth round sees us face Championship oppoition again, this time with a trip to Middlesbrough.
January 2021 Continued
League Cup - Semi Final
Another League Cup final awaits us! We were fantatic in the first leg, completely tearing them apart in their own backyard. In the second leg I rested one or two players, but we still won comfortably enough to finih the tie with a 4-0 aggregate win.
In the final we face Bolton Wanderers.
Sadly Neymar picked up an injury this month which will almot certainly rule him out for the rest of the season. I debated whether or not to bring anyone in or whether to stick with what I had, which would have meant putting my trust in a young player in the AML spot. I decided that an older head would be required in this intance. Rather than going out and spending a load of money on someone who in the long term I don't really need, I went for a short term solution and instead brought somebody in on loan for the rest of the campaign;
For some reason he was on the transfer list at Swansea, so I thought I'd just see if they were willing to loan him out - and thankfully they were. He joins us for a loan fee of £875,000 and we are paying all of his £60,000p/w wages. If he manages just one important goal or assist before the end of the season, I will see this a successful deal.
EDIT; - Amazingly though after the transfer window had just shut I noticed another of my Swansea old boys was available on a free transfer. With alot of fxitures still to come in the remaining months of the season, I thought "why not?" and so brought him in until the end of the season;
He may be 31 now, but he still has his raw pace. Could prove to be a useful outlet when given the chance. He's only on £25,000p/w, and if he impresses maybe he could earn another yera at the club?
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Continued great work. Keep it up!
Good results against comfortable opposition.
Doing brilliantly,still bit of the season to go and hope your able to carry on the impressive form.
Thomas Lewis' Career - 2020/21 - Manchester City
League Cup Final
How We Got To The Final
We were rather fortunate perhaps that we were drawn at home in every round until the two legged semi-final. And to be honest my changed line-up nearly came a cropper in the quarter final against West Ham, though we got through in the end. The semi against Chelsea was outstanding, and set up a final gainst our Lancashire rivals - Botlon.
The scoreline may not be flattering, but the domination we had in this game speaks for its self. As ever when we needed a goal, it was Jason Malpass who stood up to be counted, converting from Kyle Walker's cross.
That's now three League Cup vicotries in a row now, and the first major trophy of the season. We still have three more to play for aswell, so it could be a very exciting climax to the season.
Thomas Lewis' Career - February 2021 - Manchester City
Three wins from three again this month has meant that we maintain our three point lead at the top of the table. We started with a comfortable win in the snow at Wolves, with Jason Malpass on target for both goals. At home to Chelsea it took Danny Welbeck a whole 13 minutes of his full debut to grab himself a goal. After that it was the Jason Malpass show. He bagged two and then foced the error from the Chelsea player that lead to the own goal. Comfortable 4-1 win. And then away againt Bolton Danny Welbeck grabbed the winner for us in a tight game. A shrewd little signing he is proving to be.
Our three wins this month earned me the Manager Of The Month award, my third of the season.
Up next is the biggest game of the season so far, and one that could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title - Tottenham at the Etihad!
FA Cup - 5th Round
Not happy at all. The team was again switched around, but like a few other cup games this term I had to reply on a big player coming from the bench to make the decisive contribution for us. Agaun it was Malpass, as he scored and then saw a freekick of his dropped over the line by their goalkeeper.
In the quarter finals we face Newcastle at the Etihad.
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February 2021 Continued
League Cup - Final
The scoreline wasn't flattering, but we totally dominated this game. As he often does, Jason Malpass produced when it counted. What a legend.
Champions League - 1st KO Round, 1st Leg
It might not look it, but this was a stunning performance. Atletico Madrid are a massive side now in Spain. They are awash with money, and have been competing in the Champions League and in La Liga for the last 5-6 seasons now. So to go there a win in a super achievement. It was a close game, but we thoroughly deserved our 1-0 win.
A similar performance in the 2nd leg would do nicely.
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Another League Cup to add to the trophy case. Hope you've built another one!
Going along very nicely indeed.
Another league cup .
Been reading but haven't posted in a while.
Bloody hell how many goals have you allowed in all competitions?
Jeeez, whats you're unbeaten streak at now?
59 thats incredible
Thomas Lewis' Career - March 2021 - Manchester City
Fur very good performances this month. We opened up with a crucial win against Spurs. Just three points separated us before the start of the fixture, and it was tight game. But Danny Welbeck popped up with another crucial winner for us. We followed that up with two excellent away wins, before a convincing 4-1 at home to Villa to round off the month.
We are now eight points clear with just seven left t play, and a third title is within reach. Next up is Newcastle United at home.
FA Cup - Quarter Final
Not a great performance, but credit to the players for coming frm behind to send us into the semi finals again. We face Chelsea in our semi, and will face Tottenham or Everton if we make it through to the final.
March 2021 Continued
Champions League - 1st KO Round, 2nd Leg
After winning a tight first leg in Marid 1-0, we walked this one with a superb performance. It meant we had hammered the Spanish League leaders 5-1 on aggregate, which makes great reading for us.
We face Arsenal in the quarter finals, with the first leg at the Etihad.
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The league looks all but wrapped up. Good luck against Arsenal in Europe to .
Though if you don't it's the white hankies for you.
Undefeated in the league! Not bad ;)
Thomas Lewis' Career - April 2021 - Manchester City
We had a decent month really, but lost our long unbeaten Premier League run along the way, which in actual fact was achived in March, though because I got no news item about it I didn't know at the time!
We opened up the month with a 4-1 win against Newcastle, with Danny Welbeck again netting for us. However, we lost for the first time in 56 league games against Swansea - how ironic that it was my old club and the previous record holder that ended out run. That defeat also ended an unbeaten record overall aswell, that stretched 59 games to April 2020 when Barcelona defeated us. Aswell as ending those two records, that defeat came in the middle of four games without a win in all competitions, which is detailed further in this month update.
We bounced back though with two excellent wins the end of the season to see us finish the month needing just one win from our final three games to secure the title.
FA Cup - Semi Final
Well our chances of a third dometic treble in a row have come to an end. Chelsea have improved since Alan Shearer took charge back in early February, but I still think we should have defeated them. We fell behind early but equalised very late in in normal time, and then we had to do the same in extra time which we managed. When the penalties came we fluffed our lines and lot the shootout 4-2.
April 2021 Continued
Champions League Quarter Final - 1st And 2nd Leg
Out in the quarter finals again. And out by the same 2-1 scoreline again. The first leg was the start of our four match run without a win, and it was a game we should have won. Possession was 55-45% in our favour, and attempts we 13-7 in our favour, but without Jason Malpass, Neymar, and Martin Trgovcevic (all injured) and Danny Welbeck and Scott Sinclair (ineligible) we wre lacking someone the finish off all our good work. We paid the preice in the 86th minute when the usually reliable Joe Hart spilled a shot and aloud them a tap in.
For the second leg we had the same problems with ineligibility and injuries, as Martin Trgovcevic (only 78% fitness) was the only player who could be considered for the matchday squad out of the trio of injured strikers. However Nduka Agu put us ahead on the stroke of halftime, making it 1-1 on aggregate. The second period went like much of the first leg; us dominating but unable to score. In the 85th minute Arsenal sprung a counter attack and nicked it, and thus ended our Champions League dream for another season.
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Shame that unbeaten run came to an end but at least 1 more victory will secure yet another league title.
Unlucky on losing out to Chelsea. Who do they go on to face now?
Out to Arsenal in Europe as well .
In all fairness we couldn't have done anything more. To be the missing that array of attacking talent was always going to make it tougher. It's just annoying that out of four Champions League quarter final matches in two seasons Jason Malpass has missed three with injury!
Could you please post a screenshot of your tactics Tom?
Cheers fella .
Yes, I used the new smiley .
Revenge of the Swans?
Bad luck. Amazing season otherwise though.
And yes, my tactic is pretty dull.
The Swans have really toughened up this term since Quique Flores took over frmom Carlo Ancelotti. They've secured Champions League football again for next season.
They have probably spent the 70million they got from malpass :P
Unlucky in Europe and the FA Cup but your close to winning the league which is a good thing.
Unlucky in europe, you should be able to go further next season.
Got the league as consolation.
The league as consolation You know you're playing at a different level when that's a consolation!
Thomas Lewis' Career - May 2021 - Manchester City
A nice finish to the season with three wins from three. The title was wrapped up against Wigan with a 2-1 win. It was very comfortable to be honest - we were 2-0 up at the break and Wigan got a consolation late on. The title was ours for a third time in a row.
We ended the season with two excellent wins against Arsenal at home and then away at Anfield against Liverpool. The only disappointing thing from those games was that the goal conceded against Liverpool meant that we did make it into double figures for goals conceded in the league.
Congrats on the title. Good to see your players picking up all the awards too!
Well done in the league and raking up more money.
Unlucky in Champions League though. Get em next year!
Thomas Lewis' Career - Season Review 2020/21 - Manchester City
Results 1 - Results 2 - Final Table (Champions)
So it's a hattrick of titles for Manchester City! We were excellent in the first half of the season, winning fifteen of our nineteen games. The second half was a touch tougher. We were competing on alot of fronts and the squad had to be rotated at times. We also lost our 56 match unbeaten record, which is a Premier League record.
Cleansheets were the mainstay of the season, and in the first half on the campaign we conceded jut two goals. In the second half we weren't quite as tight at the back and we let in eight goals in nineteen games. That makes it ten altogether, and in all honety it was a bit gutting that the last of those goals came in the last game of the season as it would have been amazing to concede single figures.
Eliminated in the Semi Finals
Saddly we couldn't net a third FA cup win in a row. We weren't a our best against Chelsea, but we really hould have beaten them. When it came to the shootout, Chelsea were more composed and got their reward.
Chelsea went n to lose the final, going down 2-0 to Tottenham.
Yet another League Cup winners medal for my mantle piece! For the club it was the third time in a row that the trophy has been lifted. We were excellent throughout the competition, with the players who came into the side really impressing. Our finishing in the final wasn't great, but our play was excellent and we thoroughly deserved our 1-0 win.
Hopefully next term we can equal the record of four trophies in a row, held by Liverpool and Swansea.
Eliminate in the Quarter Finals
For a second season in a row we were eliminated in the quarter finals 2-1 on aggregate. We breezed through the group tages, winning five of our six matches, including a tremendous 7-0 win at home to Zeljeznicar. The 1st knockout round saw us beat Atletico Madrid 5-1 on aggregate, with the first leg a cracking 1-0 win in the Vicente Calderon. In the quarters we fell to Arsenal. Both legs were incredibly close, and another time it could have gone our way. Can't really complain.
Real Madrid won the tournament, beating arch rivals Barcelona 3-2 in the final.
Squad Stats - Transfers - Finances
The one thing I can say that really stands out in the squad stats is passing accuracy - all but three players are above 80% which is remarkable. I was a little disappointed however that only one player scored over 20 goals.
There was alot of transfer activity again, but I don't expect much this summer. Danny Welbeck is joining us permanently in the summer, and I might give Scott Sinclair a one year contract. Both have made a definite impact since joining the club.
Our finances have improved alot from this time last year. That is partly due to the new sponsorship deals and the increased revenue because of the stadium expanison, but also rather disappointingly it is down to further investments from the chairman. Over the next year I want to see him investing less as we become more sustainable on our own.
Top 3 Players
It wasn't a brillianrt season from him, but still very good. Injuries again destablised his campaign, and he had a bit of a dip in form in the last three months of the season, when he score just seven goals in fifteen appearances. Still, his return was decent enough.
A great campaign, his best yet in a City shirt. More of the same next term would be most welcome.
Just outstanding. Hopefully he has another few years at the top level yet.
Champions League glory, hopefully.
Tottenham's doing a whole lot better in your world than in mine!! In the 2017-2018 season in my save, they just finished in 18th and are being relegated!
Still a cracking season. A European trophy is needed though.
Thomas Lewis' Career - Season Preview - 2021/22 - Manchester City
Premier Legaue: Win it
FA Cup: Win it
League Cup: Not important
Champions League: Reach the final
Community Shield: Not important
Premier League: I want to win it, but the Champions League is the priority
FA Cup: As above
League Cup: A 4th in a row again for me personally would be great
Champions League: Just get past the quarter finals!
Community Shield: It's a trophy - win it
Wages: £3,979,976 (Currently spending £2,241,376)
Balance: £78,166,541 (Up £48,985,463 from last year)
I may say that I just want to advance further than the quater finals in the Champions League, but it is the prority - as it will be every season until I win it.
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Great read Tom You're tempting me to do a Career Thread. What are your plans after City? Surely there can't be much else to achieve.
Well I've got another two years to run on my contract and I don't think I'll stay on after that. The only thing tempting me is Jason Malpass, as I don't think I'd be able to sign him if I went to another club and I'm kind of attached to him. That's something I'll have to give some thought.
Well I've posted this in the Good player Team Guide, and I'll pop it in here aswell;
Player Name: Gregg Morton
Your Team: Manchester City
Selling Club: Watford
Player's Value: £2.2million
Offer: Worth up to £24million - £9.5million upfront, £10million over 24 months, £1.5million after 40 League apps, £1million after 1 International app, £40,000 per League appearance for 50 appearances - £20k p/w wages agreed
Transfer/Wage Budget: I'm City, it's pretty money is no object
Season: Start Of season 10
Now I know it's a massive fee, but he's very good already for just 17 years old. He has four star potential and he really could be something special given the right training and tutoring.
I would say buy Tom. Its not as though spending this money will be a risk at Man City, and as you say, if developed correctly, it could be one of the better deals you could make.
Its a reasonable deal I guess.
Theo Walcott cost £10m+ and he hasnt exactly developed into a fantastic player. I have more faith in you developing talent .