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Review time

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Beginning with signings, only a couple made a decent impact

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Despite the terrible start, a great second half of the season secured Champions League football

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We did have a couple of big wins, one against Juventus

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Revenues were up, mainly due to us posting our best league finish in 6 years

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We had a few decent performers, but it's obvious that we didn't score enough, particularly before Christmas

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Nobody won a Serie A award, but Kiselev and Morando were the standout performers for us, although a few others were not far behind. 

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And that's it. Time for the summer, contract renewals, player departures and arrivals. I'll be back once pre-season is done.

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I've been invited for an interview at Juventus (again). Despite them finishing below us, their better finances, and better recent record, mean I view it as a step up, so I'm attending

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This time I got the job, and accepted

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This is the squad I've inherited

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Finances look very healthy

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and the club is certainly ambitious. This looks like being somewhere I'll be sticking around for a while, hopefully

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9 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

Boo. :thdn:

Lol! Sorry Rikulec. It's just that with the stated aim of the save being to top the World Hall of Fame, and the state of Milan's finances, plus board uncertainty (there were 2 takeover attempts during the season resulting in transfer embargos), I didn't think it was somewhere I wanted to stick around. Juventus are a different beast, and I am looking forward to putting right what went wrong last season. Milan haven't challenged for the title in almost 10 years, whereas Juve are perennial challengers. Inter will take some stopping though, they're insanely good now on my save.

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After my arrival, we made four signings, with four players leaving

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I finally signed Jose Angel to play at centre back

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He is joined by Martinez

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Stanislas Mbombo gives us another option up front

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and Lascaux comes in at right wing

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Unbeaten, but frustrated, in September

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as we somehow threw away a win at home to Atalanta

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but stole a point against Lazio

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which did leave us top of the table, although several teams have a game in hand on us

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and we're on track to progress in the Europa League

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Not good enough results-wise in October

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We should have beaten Sevilla away

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Deserved a point from a game against Spezia that before kick off, I was expecting to win

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and were utterly robbed at Bologna

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Somehow we're second, just 2 points off Inter

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and top of our Europa League group

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A disappointing set of results in November

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but we were better than Napoli

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Significantly better than Parma

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and lost a game against Cittadella that neither of us deserved to win

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leaving us off the pace, and out of the European spots

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but still in with a chance of topping our Europa League group

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One match from perfect in December

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and we didn't deserve to lose to Milan

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Not sure if this is a bug, or if my defender wants me sacked

 

At least we're back in the top 4

 

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and we won our Europa League group

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Not a brilliant January, despite going unbeaten in the league

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as we were utterly robbed against Brescia

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Drew away at Frosinone in a game I expected us to win, but we didn't deserve any more than a draw

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Fiorentina will feel they deserved more than a draw

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and that leaves us outside the top 4, although we have a game in hand on all the teams above us except Inter

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Almost perfect in February, the only game we didn't win was a deserved defeat to Inter

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and from nowhere, we're now up to second. We won't win the title, but staying in this position has to be the target from here

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A perfect month in the league in March

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and the gap at the top is down to just 3 points. The only black cloud on the month is that Herve Lascaux broke his ankle against Cittadella, and his season is over

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Another perfect month in the league in April, and we're through in the Europa League too

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and to of Serie A, but we've played a game more than Inter, and their goal difference is better than ours

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May proved a step too far, as injuries started to catch up with us

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as despite going into the Brescia game top of the league, and still able to win 2 trophies, we went home empty handed

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Time to round up a nearly brilliant season, with the season review

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Beginning with signings, most of whom were successful

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A slow start to the season ultimately cost us. 34 points from the last 39 available wasn't quite enough to pull off a title win

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The really memorable games, and big wins, came in Europe

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but playing in the Europa League hit the finances. We're back in the Champions League next season, which hopefully will see them improve

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Our team of the year. Solid performances all over the pitch

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and confirmation that Mbombo won the Golden Boot

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and this is the squad I've inherited

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The board are certainly not lacking ambition. This is where I will make or break my reputation. If I can't win multiple league titles and Champions Leagues here, I can't do it anywhere

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We made three big signings, with lots of players leaving

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Jurevic comes in as a new backup goalkeeper

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Marinho comes in as a defensive midfielder

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and Infante is the top quality striker I wanted

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November wasn't good enough in terms of results

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but we were the better side against Southampton

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and Burnley

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Which leaves us third in the Premier League

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and already confirmed as group winners ahead of our final Champions League game. We play Porto, who will qualify ahead of Bayern if they draw with us or beat us. Given that this would knock Bayern out without harming us, I'm going to play a very rotated team and see what happens.

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I went through with playing a weakened team against Porto, but I don't think they read the script I'd written. Despite them taking a 13th minute lead, they couldn't hold on to it, as we equalised on 44 minutes. Things went from bad to worse for Porto, as they were reduced to 10 men on 57 minutes. At this point I went full dirty, and put my keeper up front, and striker in goal. Remarkably, there were no further goals in that one, but it did seem to spark a mini crisis in terms of results and form

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and whilst I've no complaints about losing to a Man Utd side who outplayed us, we definitely shouldn't be losing cup games to a Derby side who find themselves in the bottom half of the Championship. We did deserve  more based on chances created and xG, but we didn't put them away

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Remarkably, we sit second in the league, only 3 points behind the reds, after they had a wobble of their own

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Unbeaten, but two frustrating draws in January. We didn't deserve any more than a draw out of either, but I'd have felt hard done by to have lost either, so draws seem fair. Apart from that, we were really good

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and those two draws mean we trail Man Utd by a point, and they have a game in hand but a worse goal difference

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Only 1 signing in January, lots of departures, mostly on loan. The two exceptions were Resende and Georgiadis, both of whom I refused to sell in August, and they got really upset, their morale was through the floor, and they put in some god-awful displays. I binned them both into the reserves in September, which seems to have helped to maintain the squad harmony

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I therefore needed to sign at least one replacement centre back, and I got one, this guy

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but failed to land this guy. Budget permitting, I'll try again in the summer

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April looks better than it actually was

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as a missed penalty cost us 2 points against Leeds, but the xG difference was entirely due to the penalty

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We followed that by going 3-0 down to Watford at half time, before winning the game thanks to 2 own goals. Then Lazio did this to us

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Somehow, we're 2 points clear at the top, with a game in hand, but we face Man Utd at home on the final day. Before that we face a trip to Tottenham, the second leg of the Lazio tie, a trip to Everton, and Birmingham at home. We need to get a minimum 4 points from the Spurs and Everton games, beat Birmingham, and that would leave Man Utd only able to equal our points total, assuming they win their two games before playing us.

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Four points from the two away games was an excellent start to the month, but we couldn't finish the season with a derby win

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We won the league by beating Everton

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as a late season dip in form saw Man Utd fall to third, with Arsenal climbing to second, finishing four points behind us

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We begin the review by looking at our new arrivals. Infante and Saiz were the stars of the show

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We had a really strong finish to the season, going unbeaten from before Christmas until the final day Derby defeat

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Enjoyed some big wins, mostly in the cups

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Financially things haven't improved, but we are absolutely fine

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This is our team of the year

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I won Manager of the Year, Enzo Reviglio won the Golden Glove

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and that's it. Champions. Time for a summer break, transfer window, and then we go again, looking to retain our title

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