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End of October

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A superb start to the season saw us score 13 goals and take maximum points in August, including a 3-2 win over Arsenal. Then we travelled across London for a class with Spurs and again, we came away with all three points and things were looking terrific for us. A draw and loss to both Manchester clubs brought us back down to Earth but we composed ourselves to thrash newly promoted Blackburn to end September. Into October, we easily beat Burnley but dropped points to Everton before a massive 2-1, last minute win over current champions Liverpool. We are looking good!

Carabao Cup

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We managed to defeat Everton on penalties before a rotated side dismissed Shrewsbury easily.

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The league looks good but it is early doors at the moment. Spurs seem to have gotten over their torrid season last year. Wolves are also performing very well at the moment.

Euro Cup update will come in a seperate post!

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Bees on Tour

I decided to use the Europa League as an opportunity to blood in some younger players and rest some of our more important players. It was risky but I was prepared to take the chance to impress in the league over Europe.

Matchday 1

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A terrific second half performance saw us past the Belarusian side.

Matchday 2

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A disappointing result in truth but Gladbach are a good side.

Matchday 3

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The first real test of our European adventure and a pretty straightforward one too, rather unexpectedly. 

Matchday 4

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A European double was completed over Dinamo without conceding a goal.

Matchday 5

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BATE weren't difficult opposition. A good hattrick for young striker Ocampo here!

Matchday 6

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This was a dead rubber as both of us had already qualified, we were on course for revenge of the 1-0 defeat in Germany until Longstaff got himself sent off and subsequently, we finished second in the group behind the Germans.

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We face PSV in the next round.

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2 hours ago, Cardiovascular said:

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Wahid Faghir is reaping rewards from his terrific form this season! Really starting to show some serious signs of reaching his potential

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But you can't please everyone clearly...

Is there some other form that I missed?

Looking good in Europe and in the league :thup:

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22 hours ago, Sonic Youth said:

Is there some other form that I missed?

Looking good in Europe and in the league :thup:

I think everyone has missed his poor form.. with that said, he was out for four weeks with injury but that's no reason to call for his exclusion!

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End of January

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Our form has dipped a fair bit as we've picked up alot more draws rather than wins (five on the bounce seems mad) and lost three games including a bit of a shocker at Leeds. Our draws also came against some of the sides at the lower end of the league which is even more frustrating. We lost Sima for four months and Faghir and Hudson-Odoi for a month each all at the same time, as well as some more minor injuries for players meaning we were struggling to fill out an 18 at points without calling on youngsters.

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The Carabao Cup saw us defeat City before a penalties loss to Chelsea - we probably should be in the final all things considered. Conceded a stupid late goal in the first leg.

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As expected in the FA Cup, Leeds game was a bit closer than I'd hoped but we're still in the competition. Everton away next.

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Still in the top four though! We need to sort our form out or we won't last.

Transfers - Out

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Ghoddos left for China after becoming unhappy at the lack of gametime. A young lad left for Stoke, we found a loan move for our promising LB and the big news was Lamptey heading to City on deadline day. He wanted to leave and whilst I wanted a lot more money, I didn't stand in his way for that amount. This left me scrambling for some more options at the back, conulted my shortlist and two names stood out...

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In came Johan Saarvedra from Colo Colo for a fee rising to £3.9m, very promising I think but I've decided to shift him down to the U23's for the rest of the season.

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Saarvedra was quickly followed by a £9m deal for Tsvetelin Tsvetanov (what a mouthful) - he's immediately our best CB at the age of 18 and equally good at right back too.

 

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21 hours ago, PaulHartman71 said:

6-0 against Spurs :eek:

A demoliton! I didn't think we had anything to fear following their shocking season last year and I was right.

20 hours ago, Sonic Youth said:

That’s a lot of orange. 4th at this stage is poised nicely. Just need more oranges converted into greens.

That Bulgarian CB looks a bit tasty :cool:

He does look good, doesn't he? No idea what mercenary means in terms of personality though.

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Europa League First Knockout Round - First Leg

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I expected a more difficult challenge from PSV but we dismantled them easily enough. Nice to see Sima scored twice on his full return from 4 months out with a broken foot. No Faghir or Hudson-Odoi available for either leg though, possibly beyond.

 

 

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Europa League Second Knockout Round - Second Leg

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This was always going to be a tough game for us, but given we were coming off the back of a 6-0 loss to Everton (!), things were looking rough, The team practically backed off Villar inviting him to run from deep and score in the first half. Thought for sure that was it, we had more efforts in the second 45 but nothing was coming until a scrappy clearance from Roma fell to Mbuemo who crossed for Faghir to give us an amazing equaliser and a passage to the next round on away goals. Scenes!

We faced Man Utd next..

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Europa League Quarter Final - Second Leg

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It was a more respectable performance in the second leg and a goal from Spasojevic - who has hit some red hot form in the second half of the season - gave us a sniff of a chance in the second half but ultimately it wasn't enough. 

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End of Season

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February was a great month for us as we saw off United at home before expected victories against Burnley and Blackburn. But while February was great, March was downright terrible summed up by an inexplicable 6-0 loss against Everton (losing against Everton was a recurring nightmare this season). Everton's striker Sinsterra only got the five goals during the match... We bounced back from a poor month in some style though with four games, four wins and four clean sheets and 14 goals scored. A poor loss to Palace, a satisfying win against Norwich and a wild draw against Villa in essentially a bounce match rounded off our season.

But where would it leave us?

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Knocked out of the cup by, yes you guessed it, Everton...

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Champions League baby!!! Max gets his first real crack at the Champions League next year following a simply wonderful season for us. 

Key Players

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Ronaldo Camara is a superb player and we miss him when he doesn't play. 17 assists from central midfield was the best for us, as was his average rating. Surely can't be far off a Portugal call up.

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Spasojevic came into some unreal form in the second half of the season when we lost Faghir. He was a rotation choice for the second striker spot until Sima broke his foot and he seized his opportunity up top and made himself undroppable. Was one goal away from being Premier League top scorer.

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Would be harsh to have Spasojevic and not Faghir on here - another terrific season from him. Couple of slight injury concerns but nothing major.

 

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European Update

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Sickener here as Atletico Madrid, still under the management of Simeone, pick up their first Champions League trophy and rule themselves out of contention as a job for Max!

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An all English Europa League final was surprisingly won by mid-table side Leicester. Rafa Benitez proves he's still a terrific manager as he brings home Leicester's first European trophy.

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Pretty much as you'd expect it to be in France with PSG coming very close to an invincible season.

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Same in Germany. Gladbach should probably have done slightly better.

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Atletico also take home the league title in a terrific season from them. Real Sociedad (I think? :D) the surprise inclusion in the top four and in the Champions League.

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Career Overview

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Season      Club        League             Position            Achievements/Other
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2020/21   Brentford    Championship          10th                      -
2021/22   Brentford    Championship          1st                   Champions
2022/23   Brentford    Premier League        10th                      -
2023/24   Brentford    Premier League        5th                       -
2024/25   Brentford    Premier League        4th                       -
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Trophy Cabinet

SkyBet Championship - 2021/22 (Brentford)

Max Bruz Champions League Wins - 0

Tumbleweed...

AI Champions League Wins - 2

Manchester City - 2022/23
Atletico Madrid - 2024/25

The AI goes 2-0 up! Apparently the most dangerous lead in football...

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11 minutes ago, abulezz said:

Spasojevic was certainly a surprise, I'm sure. I can't wait to see Meyers develop!

 

Yeah he was quite surprising, but you could definitely tell in some matches his finishing wasn't amazing. It's kinda disappointing he's shown so little improvement on that front, though if he keeps scoring, I won't complain :D As for Meyers, I'm the same. One of those players you just know you'll try and sign everywhere you go if possible.

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