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On 13/06/2021 at 09:59, abulezz said:

Topping a group with Real Madrid and Inter Milan is never an easy task - great work!

 

7 hours ago, deltablue said:

Nicely done so far in the CL.

 

Thank you gents - I think we've bounced back magnificently from the shocker from a couple of seasons ago.

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End of January

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Superb set of results here really with only blemishes being a loss at home to fellow top of the table side Chelsea and two strange results against Leeds & Palace where we dominated but couldn't make it count. Other notable results include tidy wins at home to reigning champions Arsenal, home to Man City and a 3-1 victory away at Spurs. Pleasing results.

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The next round of the Carabao Cup saw us lose on penalties to United, with Bruno scoring against his old club. Disappointing we couldn't win in the end but I guess penalties are always a bit of chance.

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The FA Cup brought us an easy enough win at home to QPR before we weren't able to beat Southampton. We'll have another go at them in a replay though,

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4 points off top spot means we're in with a shout, and that's all we can ask for at this stage. 

Transfers

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No incomings again, we let some youth products leave permanently and some of the more promising ones only on loan. Sam Andrews is starting to look like a handy player, only 17 and off to the Championship on loan. The only major move was Edison Cardona leaving - he was extremely promising and I didn't want to lose him but he wouldn't sign a new deal because I rejected a loan bid to Villa in order to keep him around as back up. :D So he was being offered contracts and I tried to generate interest from the Premier League and he eventually got his wish of moving to Villa, the brat.

No incomings, surprisingly. Couple of players I've got half an eye on but will leave them to summer.

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Champion's League First Knockout Round - First Leg

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Rangers were no mugs the last time we faced them and beat us 3-2 when we last visited with Ryan Kent scoring a double and he opened the scoring again as we just can't seem to scope with the 33 year old winger in these games. We quickly recovered with a Faghir goal but couldn't find anything else, and indeed the rest of the game was somewhat marred by our left back Abram broke his leg midway through the second half. 

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Champion's League First Knockout Round - Second Leg

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The home leg was an expected victory really and we were on our way when Hadji scored - just his second this season - but had to be extremely careful when Vanheusden was sent off for an elbow not long after. Faghir made it two for us though and sub Bruno Fernandes rounded up a well won game for us. 

Real Madrid again in the quarter final.

 

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Champion's League Second Knockout Round - First Leg

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We were the better team for the majority of the game and limited Madrid to very few shots and they countered from one of our opportunities to score the only goal of the game and give ourselves a tough ask in the away leg.

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Champion's League Quarter Final - Second Leg

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Our task was hard enough and it got even more difficult when Madrid scored after 4 minutes. It was all them after that, and by the 75th minute we'd had two shots so decided just to go for it and... well we did it! Ferhat Gundak came off the bench to equalise with seven minutes to go and then in the last minute, from a Madrid free-kick, we countered amazingly and Wahid Faghir scored to put us into the semi-finals!!!! Unreal scenes. The report above doesn't show that Madrid also had a 93rd minute winner chalked off for offside - I think my heart has only just stopped pounding after that match. :D PSG next!

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Champion's League Semi Final - First Leg

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It's hard to be disappointed when you've kept the French champions to a draw and kept a clean sheet, but we had nine shots on target and couldn't capitalise on it. Disappointing, but we'll try take the game to them in Paris.

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Champion's League Semi Final - Second Leg

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This team is absolutely fearless!! With just twenty nine seconds gone, a poor PSG clearance landed to Rogerio on the left wing and he squared it to Faghir who gave us a gift of an away goal and an early lead! What an incredible start. Following on from there, another error in the PSG back line let him free again in the 32nd minute and suddenly it was two and we were in dreamland. The Frenchmen threatened us but struggled to get any of their shots on target and Faghir completed a deserved hat-trick in the second half - this was for sure our best team performance and Faghir's best individual performance to date. Superb stuff!!

We will face Manchester United in the final. We know they're a good side but we've beaten them twice in the league this year already... could we go on and do it?

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21 minutes ago, abulezz said:

Fantastic result! Go Wahid!

 

He's been a bit off the boil for a couple of seasons now (a strange sentence when he's scored 15+ goals every season here) but he turned up when it mattered. What a player.

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So amidst all the European excitement, we are also having a huge season domestically. Here's the table going into the final day:

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So we could still win the league if results go our way. In fact, when I say results, I mean one result specifically because our final match is an absolute doozy at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea! We've got control of our own destiny here.

Not only that, but we've also got an FA Cup final to contend with against Liverpool! Safe to say we're having quite the season. :D 

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Chelsea v Brentford - Premier League

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The lineups. We're stretched defensively, with Myron Abram (broken leg), Laudenisio Morgado (groin strain) and Dimas Barberini (pulled groin) all out. Our two left backs and our right back all out means we move Collins from left to right, Meyers from the centre back spot to left back and bring Vanheusden into partner Tsvetanov.

Luiz Fernando and Hadji are central midfielders, with Ferhat Gundak, Rogerio and Altinok in behind Faghir. 

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First Half

Vanheusden picks up an early yellow to ensure he's on a tightrope for the rest of the match and not long after this, Chelsea have the first real chance as a corner from the right is met by Aquino who heads onto the bar and out of play. 

Tsvetanov and Luiz Fernando join Vanheusden in the book midway through the first half, then a bit of a disaster for us as Faghir goes down clutching his knee. He plays on, but he's clearly hampered and might have to come off.

While we're pondering the decision, Chelsea press forward and are playing some decent football until they run into a great challenge from Nnamdi Collins. Altinok picks up the loose ball and sprays it out wide to FERHAT GUNDAK who takes a step inside his man and lobs the keeper from about 35 yards. It's an absolutely incredible goal if he meant it, there are some suggestions he doesn't but we don't care! We're in the lead now and the title is within grasping distance.

Reece James finds himself booked just before the ref blows up for half time. Huge 45 minutes coming up for us.

Half Time - Chelsea 0-1 Brentford

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Faghir is replaced by Spasojevic at half time, more as a precaution than anything and the lad is devastated, understandably. We hope he's fit for the remaining games in the season.

It's a bit of a sloppy second half from both sides and there's not a huge amount of chances with most of the game being played in the middle of the park. Rogerio is replaced by Thomas Lemar in the 65th minute to bring some experience onto the left hand side.

With ten minutes to go, we bring on left back Rui Cacenbinhas for the goalscorer Ferhat Gundak to give ourselves an extra body to deal with the pressure Chelsea are applying.

In the 90th minute, with three minutes injury time to go, Chelsea get a corner and whip it into the six yard area. Blohm doesn't come for it, Vanheusden misses it but, heartbreakingly for us, TANGUY NIANZOU was there with an open goal at his mercy and he scored the equaliser for his side that would see them win the title.

Heartbreak.

Full Time - Chelsea 1-1 Brentford

Chelsea win the English Premier League

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Liverpool v Brentford - FA Cup

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We still miss Sima, Morgado & Abram with the former two racing to be fit for next week's Champions League final. Rovella and Barberini return to the starting eleven, with Collins returning to left back and Meyer moving back to his centre back spot. Luiz Fernando partners Rovella, with Hadji pushing up to replace Serdar Altinok who drops to the bench. Lemar also in for Rogerio on the left wing and Faghir is thankfully fit to lead the line.

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First Half

We enjoyed the majority of early possession but the first chances fell to Liverpool on the 15 minute mark with Alexander-Arnold and Haaland both having sights of goal but two terrific challenges from Collins and Tsvetanov managed to keep them out. From there, the ball went out for a throw-in to us deep in the Liverpool half. Eventually, the ball was worked to Ferhat who played the ball across the six yard box for WAHID FAGHIR who slipped his 29th goal of the season in off the post. Superb goal, and advantage us.

Right from the kickoff, Liverpool moved forward to get an immediate equaliser and after some good buildup play, TAA rattled the post from the edge of the area. Bit of a let off for us as no one was out to close him down quick enough.

Just after the half hour mark, Luiz Fernando lofted a perfect through ball over the top into the path of Faghir and the Dane found himself up against Allison in the goal, but it was the Brazillian who came out on top and pulled off a good save. Faghir really should've scored though. 

It was Faghir who set up the next chance as well, but not for us as he gave the ball away in the centre of the park and TAA sent Curtis Jones scampering down the left, he moved the ball inside and forced Jan Blohm into a fine save to keep his clean sheet. Decent enough half for us but we should be two up really.

Half Time - Brentford 1-0 Liverpool

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We came out of the traps pretty quickly and found ourselves with a corner two minutes into the second half. Lemar's delivery to the back post was great and Faghir met the ball but couldn't find the target with his header.

We were winning the possession battle but not doing anything with it, so fresh ideas came off the bench with the introduction of Spasojevic and Rogerio off the bench replacing Hadji and Lemar.

With ten to go, we were forced into our final changed as Luiz Fernando picked up a knock. Rogerio dropped back into central midfield and Hudson-Odoi replaced the injured Brazilian.

It ended up paying off as four minutes later, Rovella played a simple ball into his feet and CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI was able to convert his shot into the net off the post. 2-0 and only five minutes to go, the FA Cup looked for all the world like it was coming home with us.

And it was. In the 90th minute, some brilliant passing play from us saw the ball drop to Rogerio on the edge of the area in acres of room. He feigned to shoot, but instead poked a clever through ball for MILUTIN SPASOJEVIC who fired it home confidently to round off a thoroughly miserable day for Liverpool.

Full Time - Brentford 3-0 Liverpool

Brentford win the FA Cup!!!!

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The Big One - Champion's League Final - Brentford v Man Utd

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Nnamdi Collins picks up a knock against Liverpool and misses out on this game, so again in one of the biggest matches of his career, Ramon Meyers will be in the more unfamiliar left back position. Vanheusden comes in to partner Tsvetanov. Rovella and Luiz Fernando are centre mids, with Ferhat Gundak, Hadji Hadji and Rogerio sitting behind talisman Wahid Faghir.

12 subs allowed for the Champion's League final is brand new to me, so have a wide selection of subs available. Morgado returned to training on the morning of the final so is only available from the bench, and there's a spot for 18 year old goalkeeper Charlie Kelly.

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First Half

Five minutes in and United have a throw deep in our half, it's played across the box where Kimmich takes a touch and fires a shot towards goal. It hits Meyers and falls perfectly for REMY SEYNAEVE is on hand to poke it into the back of the net. Advantage Manchester early on, a nightmare start for us.

Ten minutes later and Diallo wins the ball in the middle of the park, he plays it forward to Rashford who has the freedom of Russia to take his time and pick out captain LAUTARO MARTINEZ who fires it past Blohm at the near post. 2-0 and our fire is quickly being extinguished.

A tactical rethink was required so we shifted to a flat 4-4-2 and move Luiz Fernando to the left and Rogerio somewhat out of position on the right - it was a chance and we had to do something to steady the ship. It worked, we began to take a bit more control and on the 33rd minute, Luiz Fernando slipped through FERHAT GUNDAK and all of a sudden, we're back in the game at 2-1. Game on.

With the goals flowing, we seemingly forgot how to defend and when MARCUS RASHFORD was sent through by Diallo, he slipped it under Blohm who was rushing out to try and prevent him scoring. 3-1. Madness for a Champion's League final really. 

But the madness wasn't done there, as with five minutes left until a much needed half-time breather, Man Utd's left back Radkov lost possession with a poor touch on the half way line and with a rush of blood to the head, threw himself into the challenge and found himself on the receiving end of a red card from the referee. Two goal advantage but a man down, a big second half for United and Brentford.

Half Time - Manchester United 3-1 Brentford

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Sima replaced Rogerio at the break as we would push to bring ourselves back into the game. But it was United who had the first real opportunity, Rashford bringing out a smart save from Blohm at his near post after ten minutes following a swift counter.

After that, it was all Brentford and only some very good defending from United stopped us pulling a goal back. De Ligt cleared a shot from Sima off the line that looked almost certain to be a goal save for the heroics.

Sima then had the ball in the next and a crucial goal back with 15 minutes to go, but the goal was chalked off the VAR after a lengthy check and what must've been a toenail of Sima's being offside. 

But it wasn't to be. Brentford huffed and puffed but United were solid, and in the 84th minute, swiftly countered again and this time LAUTARO MARTINEZ made sure he'd win the game for United with a smart header into the corner of the net. Game done.

Manchester United 4-1 Brentford

Manchester United win the Champion's League.

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End of Season

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Our run in the Premier League was incredible to bring ourselves into the title picture including huge wins against Man Utd and Liverpool (which was important as we absolutely HAD to win to take the battle to the final day) but unfortunately, we came up short against Chelsea with a last minute equaliser costing us the title. It is frustrating to see that if we'd taken our chances against Palace/Fulham/Leicester, we'd have won the league. Too many missed opportunities, but it gives us a good platform to build from for next year.

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Our FA Cup run was good, a few close games and a frankly ridiculous match against Championship side Newcastle where they ended up with 8 (eight) men after three red cards. But it was nice to take home at least one trophy after the pain of losing the Premier League and Champion's League.

European run has already been documented above, won't put myself through the pain of it all again :(

Key Players

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Top scorer again and really pulled it out the bag in big fixtures, notably with a hattrick away against PSG. Still think he's pretty inconsistent throughout the season though, 16 goals in the PL could've been much more in my opinion.

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Laudenisio Morgado is a really solid player and can play anywhere across the back which is always handy. He picked up an injury late on in the season and we really missed him in the big games.

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Ferhat Gundak joined us on a free three years ago and finally had his breakout season, 18 goals was a great return. Usually started on the right but was also up front if we went with two up top. Only issues was I received a message saying he was struggling with pressure mid-season, so maybe something to keep an eye on.

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European Update

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Re-live our pain here, but great run from us as we knocked out some huge names in Real Madrid and PSG. Some surprising names here, mainly Villa and Club Brugge who will be pleased with their showings.

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A first European trophy for Leipzig who defeat Liverpool on penalties after a thrilling Europa League final.

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Marseille become the first two time winners of the Europa Conference League as they pick up their second win in a final following on from four years back. Some decent showings here, particularly impressed by Dundee United beating Midtjylland.

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PSG win their 13th title on the bounce, dominant. They probably thought facing us was their best chance of a Champions League final in years, too.

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After Hertha's shock title win last year, business returns to normal and Bayern recapture the Bundesliga with the defending champions down in third.

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Barcelona are Spain's top team again after a thrilling battle with Real Madrid for the title, pipping them to it by a single point. 

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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                       -
2025/26   Brentford    Premier League        4th                       -
2026/27   Brentford    Premier League        3rd                       -
2027/28   Brentford    Premier League       13th                       -
2028/29   Brentford    Premier League        4th               Carabao Cup Winners
2029/30   Brentford    Premier League        2nd          FA Cup Winners, Champion's League Runners Up
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Trophy Cabinet

SkyBet Championship - 2021/22 (Brentford)
Carabao Cup - 2028/29 (Brentford)
FA Cup - 2029/30 (Brentford)

 

Max Bruz Champions League Wins - 0

AI Champions League Wins - 2

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

 

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6 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

That's some horrible luck at the end of the season! But still a great effort. 

 

Could've been so different on another day, but it is what it is. I was beginning to wonder if Brentford was the place to complete this leg of the challenge, but this season has shown me there's definitely potential with this team and squad.

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I'm not sure that the Community Shield is anything more than a glorified friendly, but it's nice to get praise for winning it nonetheless. We defeated Chelsea 1-0 with a Wahid Faghir goal.

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Pre-Season

Transfers

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Pajovic was unhappy from January and arranged a move to Benfica for a sizable fee - a huge profit on the £2.1m we paid for him. Benson and Miele were young lads who aren't really going to break the first team. Cabecinhas also never quite reached the heights I thought he would. A few loans left us and a big deadline day sale saw Myron Abram leave for double the price we paid which was pretty impressive, given he hasn't played for a while due to a broken leg and was mostly backup to Morgado.

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It was a big window for us given we had a massive platform to build on following last season's relative success. 

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Manuel De La Iglesia joined from Southampton for £45.5m, his release clause following their relegation. I think his stats do need some work but with Sima reaching his peak, De La Iglesia seems like a reasonable replacement. He's always impressed me when he played against us.

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Manjarrez was a big money signing from Spurs and arrives to provide competition with Barberini and bulk out the defence. Like De La Iglesia, he always impressed me when he played against us so I jumped at the chance to take a top tier defender to the club.

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Dominik Jacko is an exciting left winger who cost us peanuts really. Does need some work, but we'll see how it goes.

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Martin Giampa was a huge money signing for us and one we needed because we can't rely on Faghir all the time. He's excellent, and we chased him all summer and were prepared to bid over £100m for his services but couldn't agree with Liverpool. Towards the end of the summer, he became angry at their refusal to accept a bid with us and we managed to get a cut price deal for him.

Europe

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We should be able to get through this group, we know we can beat PSG though.

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End of October

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Really good start from us, winning the Community Shield and then thumping newly promoted Stoke to start off the season. Wins over Cardiff and Derby were seperated by a disappointing loss away to Villa who played well and just beat us all over the park, we never even had a sniff. September offered a tough set of fixtures but we came through them brilliantly, thrashing Man City and drawing at Anfield in a very boring game before just about beating Fulham with a late winner. October brought us a month with maximum points taken, and we are looking very threatening so far.

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Only in the league do we look threatening though, as a somewhat second string were humbled by Palace in the Carabao Cup.

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Table toppers early on! Here's hoping we can maintain this.

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4 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Amazing that a player is throwing a fit at Liverpool to accept a bid from your club! Shows how far you have come.

A good sign of progress! It helps that Liverpool have faded away lately, only qualifying for the Conference League last year, but it definitely does show just how much progress we have made.

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3 hours ago, Cardiovascular said:

A good sign of progress! It helps that Liverpool have faded away lately, only qualifying for the Conference League last year, but it definitely does show just how much progress we have made.

Now if only someone can make this happen irl! 

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European Update

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Tricky tie to open our account but we did well to get by Bayer Leverkusen despite their late goal making things a bit squeaky.

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Away to PSG where we triumphed 3-0 last time we visited, again we scored three but sadly also conceded three. Still, probably a good point in the grand scheme of things.

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The group's whipping boys turned up at our place and were just that as Giampa knocked in a perfect hattrick to help us get a 5-0 win.

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The return fixture in Prague was also a win, fairly straightforward.

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This was always a potential banana skins and it turned out to be just that as despite Sima's late goal, we fell to our first defeat.

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We'd already qualified by this point and ended up with two youth players in midfield due to fitness/injury problems so we did well to take PSG right to the final whistle. Maybe should've held on.

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2nd place for us will see a tough tie regardless of who we face. As it turned out, it would be our old friends Real Madrid in the next round.

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End of January

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November and January were good months but December brought tricky fixtures with defeats to Man Utd, Chelsea and a bizarre loss to Wolves where we came from three nil down to equalise before throwing it all away again. This update is still okay in terms of the league though.

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A draw to Derby saw us go onto thump them in the replay before we played out an epic thriller against United. It was a shame to lose but considering we lost Meyers to a shocking challenge after 20 minutes, we did well considering.

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Still in with the top three! Need to cling on though.

Transfers

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New signing Beraldo, who you'll see below, left on loan and Vanheusden wanted out, so £30m saw him shift over to Paris.

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Beraldo was a free transfers, low risk signing who might develop into something eventually. We'll maybe make a profit on him if not.

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We were struggling for bodies in the centre of midfield at one point in December, so Nelson Leon arrived on loan for the season as a backup option.

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Espinosa arrived for his release clause from Oviedo - he's a tidy player and allows us to utilise Morgado at centre back after the departure of Vanheusden if required.

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European Update

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Terrific effort from us as we dominated Madrid in the shots and won two nil thanks to a Giampa brace. Could maybe have scored more, but we just need a good defensive performance at the Bernabeu. 

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This was an incredible match! Real Madrid countered from our corner and Havertz went on an absolute mazy from his own half to fire home which immediately put us on the back foot. It was 1-0 at half time and I laid into the players a bit for not holding their own in the first half. We equalised through Giampa in the 57th minute but Madrid pressed on and scored twice to make it 3-3 and, though we were leading on away goals, it was nervy. However I brought Spasojevic onto the left wing and Sima onto the right - the old guard in the squad - and both of them scored twice late on to bring us back to 3-3 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate to send us through!

We've drawn Chelsea in the next round.

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We were pretty disappointing in this game, going 1-0 down and generally looking like competition winners for the first half. But we came round, captain Meyers heading home before an own goal put us 2-1 up. We couldn't hold on though, and we've given Chelsea the lead on away goals going into the second leg.

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We came away from Germany with a goalless draw and a Man of the Match performance from our keeper. Blohm was good, but we also had our chances and couldn't grab a potentially precious away goal. 

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Huuuuge result! Some very questionable defending gave Dortmund the lead and an away goal as our defence let a long punt from their keeper bounce and their striker made it 1-0. We rallied immediately though as Dortmund gave us a gift in return for Giampa to make it 1-1 and crucially, get us straight back into the game. Right after half-time, he scored again and we'd cling on for a second consecutive Champion's League final.

The other semi saw Man Utd - despite playing the majority of the game with ten men - defeat PSG and we face them again on the hunt for revenge.

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Champion's League Final - Brentford v Man United

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Couple of big blows for us as we lose Hadji Hadji and Luiz Fernando for this game due to training ground injuries. We're also missing January signing Espinosa. United have first choice centre back & captain Darren Rye missing through suspension.

We line up 4-2-3-1 with Nelson Leon, on loan from Barcelona, filling in for both Hadji and Luiz Fernando. Big shoes for him to fill. Faghir on the left wing which has been a usual role for him this season following the signing of Giampa.

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First Half

It's a bit of a nervous opening ten from us, we're on pretty poor form following the end of the domestic season and we hold onto possession without really doing much with it. In the 16th minute, Rovella floats in a free kick which Sima flicks into the backpost where Giampa looks certain to score.. but Kimmich gets not one, but two excellent blocks in to stop the attack.

25 minutes in, United finally started to come into the game and some really good passing play ends up with Seynaeve squaring the ball across the six yard box for Rashford who, like Giampa earlier, looks set to tap into an empty net until Ramon Meyers sticks out a leg and somehow gets a block in. Excellent defending.

A throw in for us deep inside the United half is switched over to the right hand side by Rovella where Manjarrez has the freedom of the stadium to drive forward into the box and play it to Sima who draws a fine save out of the United goalkeeper. Possibly should've done better, but it was a really good save.

With five minutes until half time, Rovella stands over a free kick just inside the United half. We pack the box out, Rovella floats it in and our captain RAMON MEYERS rises above the United defence and heads us into a one goal lead! The fans and players go wild and we go into half time with a slim advantage over Man Utd.

Half-Time - Brentford 1-0 Man Utd

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