C.D. Vitoria - Segunda Division B Group 2 - End of season 2013/14
Just to show that I'm not signing anyone.The only player who left was Josu Pereda,I did want to keep him but his ridiculous wage demands were the reason why he left,he wanted £2k p/w.He isn't even close to being worth £2k p/w!
Segunda Division B2
Another season in tier three and another guarantee of playing in the same tier next season.We were predicted 20th by the media and once again I showed them how much I don't care for their predictions.The first half was tough as the team wasn't playing very well but a change in strategy in which I replaced the captain paid off in the second half as we were much better as my faith in the youngsters really started to pay off towards the end of the season.The biggest highlight of the season was beating Sabadell 1-0 which was only one of three defeats for them,we were also the only team who were not beaten by them so that is impressive in itself.
We edged the first round as we won on penalties against At.Baleares which was quite a relief as we were going through a bad spell.We then faced Mirandes,we had home advantage in the first leg and too advantage of it as we won 2-1,the second leg was a tight affair in which we drew 1-1 but we still went through 3-2.The quarter finals were against Prat,both games were very tight affairs but once again,we took full advantage when it came to home as we won the deciding match 1-0 which saw us go through 2-1.The semi final against Sp.Vilanueva were much more exciting as we drew 2-2 in the first leg but thumped them 5-1 in the second leg to give us a 7-3 victory and a place in the final.Zaragoza "B" were the holders of the competition and they truly showed their quality as they edged the first leg 2-1,the second leg saw us put in a heroic performance and claim a 3-2 victory but it was not enough as we lost the tie on away goals.
Players,Stats and Awards
Best XI 13/14 - Overall Best XI
A quick look at the overall Player Stats for the season
In his first full season with the senior squad,he was the clubs top scorer hitting 15 goals in 47 appearances as well as providing 4 assists.I have not complaints at how he performed as he will only get better and I was only expecting him to get around 8-10 goals this season so he surpassed my expectations of him.Not sure how good he will become but for now he will have no problem with competing further in Segunda Division B.
Diez topped the assist chart with 13 as well as scoring 6 in his 48 appearances.I made a decision to make him club captain during the season and it seems to have paid off as we were much better in the second half of the season.Considering he is 18 years old,he has a very bright future and has started to attract attention from Liga Adelante side Real Oviedo but it is important to keep him here at all cost as he could potentially become a club legend.At 18,he has already made 95 appearances for the club while scoring 16 goals.
Another solid season in which he played 48 times and scored 9 as well so he even improved on the goal scoring front.He had the highest average rating in the team as he scored 7.15 which helped him claim Fans Player of the Year for the second successive year and is one of the clubs Favoured Personnel.He was moved to right back for the last part of the season due to emerging talent in the DC position but he still is one of the better players at the club and will more then likely become a club icon in the future.
Special Mention - Angel Ugalde
Was a key part of the defence last season,he performed brilliantly and at others he knew how to give me a fright,he is the footballing version of Jekyll and Hyde.Played 40 times last season and was one of a very few players to score above the 7.00 average rating mark so that was impressive in itself.He is 27 so he is probably coming up to his peak so hopefully we can get another few seasons out of him before he decides to retire.
I am very pleased with our second season in Segunda Division B,we avoided relegation and in a remarkable twist of fate,finished in the same position with the same points as last season.We have now started filling out our ground so a new one is on the horizon as they're is a planning bar for a new stadium when looking at the boardroom overview.With having six players under 21 playing in the first team,it is also clear to see how much more talented the youngsters that are coming through are compared to the team I started off with,I reckon give it three more seasons then we could be fighting for a playoff spot in Segunda Division B.Both training and youth facilities are being upgraded so the future is starting to look rosy even if it does take a few seasons but with the rules I have placed,this is a marathon and not a sprint.
In the pre-season,I have signed a new contract which expires in 2019 so that is very good news seeing as at one point,the chairman was talking about getting rid of me when he first took over!By 2019 I am hoping to be a Promotion playoff contender in Segunda Division B,the future is starting to shape us as well as Angel Diez is now our captain and was the best of the bunch from our first Youth Candidate Squad.Give it a few years and we will have a pretty strong squad who should be able to compete much easily in the league.
Season Division League Cup Continental Avg.Att Notes
2011/12 Tercera Div.Grp 4 2nd N/A N/A 418 Promoted!
2012/13 Segunda Division B3 9th N/A N/A 646 Survival!
2013/14 Segunda Division B2 9th N/A N/A 712 Copa RFEF Runner Up