C.D. Vitoria - Liga BBVA - 2020/21 - End of Season
To show I'm following the rules of not signing anyone.The players who left didn't have a future and were never going to make the grade even as backups.
You can clearly tell that I took advantage of Real Madrid chocking at the end of season not that any football lovers would care.To my surprise,we were the top scorers in the league with 94 goals and in my opinion we could have easily hit three figures.We conceded more goals then Real Madrid and Barcelona but that was to be expected as my tactics generally concentrate on attacking play as I always look to outscore the opposition.At one stage Real had an 8 point lead over us but things changed from the end of March as they started chocking and we too advantage as we played our absolute damn best to claim the title even if 8 points is quite a big gap.I am expecting much more serious competition next season.
We disposed of Rad in the qualifiers as we won 7-1 on agg.We finished the group stages with a record of 5-0-1 to top the group which contained Borussia Dortmund.We were up against Wolfsburg who I thought would cause us problems but we brushed them aside as we won 5-0 on agg.Next up was Deportivo,thankfully our finishing saved us as we edged the game 5-4 on agg,I was very disappointed in our performance against our league rivals.Quarter final pitted us against Lyon and we were looking for revenge,it looked all over in the first leg as we were 3-1 down after 80 minutes but they switched off and we hit back to claim priceless away goals,these away goals came into play as we drew 2-2 in the second leg and 5-5 overall which meant we went through!The semi final saw us against English giants Chelsea,we narrowly lost the first leg 3-2 but they had no answer to our superior finishing in the second leg as won 3-0 which sent us through to the final with a 5-3 aggregate victory.The final was brutal and we found ourselves down to 9 men after 29 minutes!
Even with that handicap,Sola knows how to ruin the script and scored the only goal on 45 minutes,heroic performance from the team in the 2nd half saw us claim a priceless victory in the Europa League!
Copa del Rey
Granda gave us a tough tie in the 4th round but we got through 4-2 on agg.The 5th round saw us against Sporting,I am thankful we were dominate in the first leg and won 3-0 as the 2nd leg,we were lucky to escape with a 3-3 draw which gave us a 6-3 victory.The quarter finals against Zaragoza were played under similar conditions,we were dominate in the 1st leg as we won 3-1 and the 2nd leg saw us escape with a 2-2 draw to give us a 5-3 victory and another semi-final against Real Madrid.Real deserved to win 1-0 in the first leg as we didn't show up but we blew our chances in the second as our finishing let us down and it finished 0-0 which sent us out in the semi-finals.Real Madrid would go on to choke against Malaga in the final.
This was a case of Could of,should of but didn't.We were the better side over two legs and we missed out and failed to take advantage of a At.Madrid side who were gelling.Needless to say I was very disappointed.
Players,Stats and Awards
Best XI 20/21
- Overall Best XI
A quick look at the Player Stats
for the season.
Had a rather disappointing season in which he only scored 49 goals in 59 appearances.Who am I kidding,that was an amazing season and I don't expect that record to be broken for many years unless he realises his potential and can probably give the highest scores such as Gerd Muller a challenge.The fact he is only 22 makes things even better and he already has 178 goals in 306 appearances and on top of that he has 3 in 5 for Spain.I have no idea about how many he will actually score in his career but it could possibly be in the 500-600 region.His amazing finishing saw him pick up European Golden Shoe
and Maximo Goleador Espanol
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
He had an amazing season in which he topped the assist chart with 48 which smashed the previous record of 31 set by Unai Gurrutzaga in 2015/16.He also helped the goalscoring by scoring 12 in his 59 appearances,he was also the highest rated player averaging at 7.61 over 59 games which helped him net Fans Player of the Year
.He also won Jugador espanol del ano
and Jugador del ano
He was our first outright foreign youth player and undoubtedly will be our best.He is really starting to show his quality and had a remarkable in the middle of the park as he helped the team with a contribution of 15 goals which is his highest return to date.His performances saw him pick up Jugador joven del ano
.With 17 caps to his name,he only needs 98 more to set a new record so has a bit of time yet!.
- Rodolfo Bodipo
He is literally a physical beast with very few players who can get the best of him as well as being the one of the most consistent performers as he rated at 7.47 which means it was his 6th season averaging above 7.His call up to the Spanish squad had nothing to do with bias but rather his performances merited him being called up and he didn't disappoint as he scored on his debut against San Marino!I am now worried as he has a buyout clause of £20 million and has three teams watching in PSG,Bayern and AC Milan and they will be able to afford him.
What a absolutely brilliant season,never in my wildest dreams did I think we could pull this off and we owe it all to Real Madrid who chocked very badly in the closing stages of the season.What this means to me is that we are guaranteed home games for the first and last game of the season next season!The Europa League was a miracle as well,we could have lost to Lyon and Chelsea as they failed to finish us off in the first legs while the Tottenham game was nothing short of a war.My only concern is that we were not the outright best team as we failed to beat Barcelona who messed up badly so we really do need to up our performances to a consistent basis.
Next season will begin the rise of Vitoria,our youth recruitment has finally been improved and we are now rated at 3* and at a national level in which we are not far off 3.5* and continental reputation.To top all this off we are having a stadium expansion
which should take it to around 22,000 - 23,000 not quite sure what though.I will not stop to we are regarded as the worlds best and have won the World Cup with Spain as well as a stadium named after me.After that,well who knows what can happen but there will be a hint after next seasons pre-season report.