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March was one match from perfect, but that one means we're out of the Champions League

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On the other hand, three more Bundesliga wins has put us just 1 win from another title

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April was another month that was one game from perfect, but we were awful against Stuttgart, blowing the chance to seal the title at the first opportunity

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We sealed it in front of our own supporters, against Wolfsburg, instead

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and with 3 games left, we're 19 points clear

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A perfect end to the season

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Which saw me win my first DFB Pokal (German FA Cup)

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and we end the league season 24 points clear of nearest challengers Stuttgart. We're clearly a massive club in Germany, one of the biggest and best leagues in Europe, yet we're not really making an impression in the Champions League. I've been at Bayern 3 years now, and I do expect to be there next season, but has the time come to start thinking about the next move?

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Time for the season review

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Beginning with the new signings, who were all excellent

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We had a great end to the season, dropping points only once in the last 13 games

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We enjoyed some big wins too

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but failure in Europe has hurt finances, although they remain healthy

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Daniel Esslinger made our Team of the Year, despite only arriving in January

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Two players picked up awards

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and that's it, another season over. Time will tell whether it's the end for me at Bayern. If it isn't, I'll probably only be here one more season, as my contract expires next summer

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This job has also come up

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and Barcelona want me. I'm torn as to what to do, but I'm going to delay the Barcelona job in the hope that Real make me an offer before they come back

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For some reason the top teams in Spain always seem to be top heavy. However with Barcelona’s budget you can certainly compete for that UCL!

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29 minutes ago, Fudal said:

For some reason the top teams in Spain always seem to be top heavy. However with Barcelona’s budget you can certainly compete for that UCL!

Yeah. I'm following Jurgen Klopp as manager. He certainly didn't focus on defence!!

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Three signings, three departures, ahead of the new season

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Goalkeeper Leonardo followed me from Bayern

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Mpondo is a left back

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and Martino is a centre back

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An unbeaten start to the season

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but how on earth did we only draw with Almeria?

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That leaves us second in the table, behind surprise early leaders Malaga

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Nowhere near good enough as we were deservedly beaten twice in September, and the Atlético result actually flattered us, we could have been on the end of a pasting

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Despite that, we are top of La Liga

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but what started out as a very tricky Champions League group now looks nightmarish. Unless Besiktas can pull off a massive shock against Juventus, there is a real danger that we might not go through

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We began October with a deserved defeat at Zaragoza, but responded with five wins in a row

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which keeps us top of La Liga, 2 points clear

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and second in our Champions League group, a home game against Juventus up next. That game is massive. The winner will be favourites to join Liverpool in the next round, the loser will need to keep Thursday nights free

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One match from perfect in November

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and we are now 5 points clear in La Liga

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and we qualify from the Group of Death with a game to spare, and a win at Anfield would see us top the group

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December was also one match from perfect, a deserved defeat at Anfield

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We go into the Christmas break 7 points clear in La Liga

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but had to settle for second in our Champions League group, meaning we'll face a non-Spanish group winner in the last 16. Our possible opponents are: Stuttgart, Porto, Torino, PSG, Dortmund, Man Utd or Tottenham. There is only really PSG and Man Utd that are even close to us, we should be comfortable against any of the others

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Eight wins out of nine in a busy January

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and a trophy in the cabinet too

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The only blip was against Tenerife, after we suffered a first half red card

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which leaves us atop La Liga, 10 points clear, 15 games to go

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One signing, three departures during the January window

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Laure Rojo has 3.5* PA, and adds a second defensive midfielder to the squad

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Matthias Faβbender and Andoni Garcia are both in negotiations with Chinese clubs, as their transfer window is still open. I accepted offers for them almost a week before our window closed, with the intention of bringing in at least one signing with the proceeds, but that will now have to wait until the summer. I don't want to cancel the deals, as it might negatively impact squad morale to have two players sulking for 6 months

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A really disappointing February

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but the damaging result was in the Champions League. We're 15 points clear in La Liga. It's ours to throw away now

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Neither Faβbender  nor Garcia ended up leaving.  Faβbender declined the move to China in favour of moving on a free at the end of the season, he's off to Zenit. Garcia stays with us, but I don't know how much longer he'll be here

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Unbeaten in March, and we overturned the 1st leg home defeat against Stuttgart

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but Zaragoza frustrated us to claim a scarcely believable draw

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leaving us 18 points clear, with only 9 games left

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Seven wins out of nine in a mad busy April, and we drew probably the two easiest games

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We secured the title in style, lifting the trophy after thrashing Sevilla

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and we're 20 points clear, although Atlético do have a game in hand. We can focus on the Champions League now

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We lost the second leg in the Champions League semi final, but progressed on aggregate, and enjoyed an unbeaten end to the La Liga season

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and beat Manchester United in the Champions League final on their own ground

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We end the season 20 points clear

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Time for the season review

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Four new signings, three of which were excellent. Rojo is one for the future

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We had a solid end to the season, although there were a few frustrating draws

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We scored lots of goals

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and our success helped the finances

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This was our team of the season

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We won plenty of awards as a squad, and I picked up several too

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Not a bad first season at Barcelona. There will be lots of squad changes over the summer, as quite a few out of contract players have refused deals and will be moving on

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22 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

That's a great season. :applause:

Thanks Rikulec, but with only 8-9 years left, I still have an awful lot of ground to make up in the HoF

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There have been quite a few changes to the squad over the summer

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Three players have been signed, first up is Heinrich for £36m from Milan

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Manuel cost £7.75m from Stuttgart

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and Aleluia £12m from Cruzeiro

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Clearly, we have excellent strength in depth almost everywhere. If there is a weakness, it's in midfield. Given the season we had last time out, I won't be adding anyone else, but we do have room, in the wage and transfer budget to do it in January if needed.

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We couldn't win the UEFA Supercup, but did start the league with two wins

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leaving us top of La Liga with Real Madrid and Betis just behind us in a clutch of teams on 6 points

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We thrashed Bolivia

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but were held to a frustrating draw by Uruguay

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Having joined part way through the qualifying campaign, this is how the table now looks, with games away to Peru and at home to Chile next month

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Almost perfect in September

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and our perfect start in La Liga sees us top of the table, four points clear

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but with work to do in the Champions League, Inter at home up next

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October was another month that was one match from perfect, as we dropped only 2 points all month

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leaving us 11 points clear in La Liga

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and top of our Champions League group, a trip to Milan next up

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A perfect November

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The lead at the top is now 15 points

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and we've qualified in the Champions League, but need to avoid defeat away to Arsenal to win the group

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Two thumping wins in La Liga to take us into the Christmas break unbeaten in the league, but we were deservedly thrashed by Arsenal in the Champions League

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The gap at the top is now 18 points

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but defeat to Arsenal means we go through as runners-up by virtue of head-to-head record

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Not a brilliant January, as we lost our unbeaten league record and the Supercopa

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but we still hold a healthy 16 point advantage at the top of La Liga, with 16 games to go

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