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  1. We've got a decent Europa League group draw in Galatasaray, FC Zurich and CSKA Sofia, but the 2022 World Cup has caused some utterly bizarre scheduling. The Champions League and all the domestic leagues are more or less put on hold whilst the tournament progresses, but for some reason some of our Europa League games will happen once all of my internationals have ****ed off to Qatar. The World Cup is 21st Nov-18th Dec and all of our games are from 20th Oct-5th Jan. So at least 2 games played with loads of players down, whilst the crappy teams we play will be full strength. A bit bum, although we do have quite a good Academy and some decent youth options to count upon.
  2. The main point of interest this summer was Bryan Christante's big money move to Chelsea. I didn't particularly plan to sell him or anything, but his head was gone as soon as the offer came in and in all honesty, as a club with no CL football we do sort of need to sell to buy - so it probably worked out best for all involved. I also shifted big wages in Nzonzi and Gonalons who were ageing and coming towards the end of their deals anyway... Raheem Sterling has become the latest casualty of Man City's shotgun transfer policy, which has seen him throw in a transfer request due to lack of playing time. £35.5M is an absolute steal for him and he's only 27, with not massive wage demands either at just over £200K for week. A huge signing that I'm very excited about. I'm also reunited with 3 players that I've previously had play under me. Jesse Lingard, much like Sterling, is a fine English talent who was fed up with lack of playing time and and was on the transfer list so I swooped in and took him. He is a few years older at 29, but should get 2-3 very good years out of him yet. Zaha joins me on loan from City having done the same thing last season at PSG, whilst Bentaleb who I actually sold to Milan for lack of playing time has now been transfer/loan listed by them as he's not playing there. I didn't think they'd loan him to me as we're an Italian club, but the Italians seem a lot more flexible about that sort of thing. Arsenal actually replaced Ancelotti with Bayer Leverkusen's star manager, Manuel Baum, so it will be interesting to see if his replacement, Luis Enrique, can keep up the good work for them in the Bundesliga.
  3. It initially came back that I couldn't get the Roma job due to the compensation, but the great people at PSG actually let me leave after I spoke to them about leaving for Roma. Silent Stan never even let me do that at Arsenal I've landed the Roma job and Carlo Ancelotti, the man who replaced me at Arsenal, has now left Arsenal to replace me at PSG
  4. The main thing of note in Spain perhaps being Real Sociedad breaking into the Top 4, which has left neither Valencia or Sevilla in the CL. Vigo pipping Bilbao to a final Europa spot, which saw the Bilbao boss get sacked... Villarreal lingering in 10th. As I said before Lazio ran Juve very close to the title, with both the traditional big Milan sides back in the Champions League now. This meant that both Roma and Napoli missed out. You'd think Napoli would definitely sack their manager for that, but it looks like they jumped the gun and sacked their previous boss in January, making way for Genarro Gatusso to come in. Roma have in-fact sacked their manager though... A huge year for Leverkusen as they pip Bayern to the title, with RB Leipzig in 3rd. Those two are definitely the most ideal candidates for Germany, with Hoffenheim and Schalke also decent options, but I think with those jobs unless one of them have a mare I'll have to get quite lucky and have their managers leave for better jobs at the right time. As things stand though both Bilbao and Roma have sacked their managers and I'm very keen for the Roma job. I'd take the Bilbao job, but I think they're basque policy would make it quite hard to take them from decent Europa League side to conquering Champions League winners. Of course throughout this challenge I'll encounter much harder prospects than Bilbao, but for now I'd rather take the easier routes whilst I can. I'm not against the idea of say I take a team like Bilbao for a season and then Atletico Madrid became available because Simeone left, unless I thought my Bilbao side were better off then I would just jump ship and take that job instead.
  5. As I said before it was a huge year for RB Salzburg of Austria who knocked out Spurs to get to the knockout stage. Pretty decent showing from the Ukraine sides too as both Dynamo and Shakhtar reached the knockout stages. Bayer Leverkusen representing an interesting option as they've emerged as real threat in Germany, even knocking out my old side Arsenal.
  6. Career History ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Club League Position Achievements/Other ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Arsenal Premier League 4th Europa League winners 2019/20 Arsenal Premier League 2nd Champions League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Paris SG Ligue 1 1st Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners 2021/22 Paris SG Ligue 1 1st Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trophy Cabinet Champions League x2 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG) Europa League x1 - 2018/19 (Arsenal) Ligue 1 x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) Coupe de la Ligue x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG) Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG) Nations Completed 1. England - Arsenal 2. France - Paris SG
  7. End of Season Update A fantastic Quarter Final performance, but we rested quite a bit for the away trip to Marseille and unfortunately went out. A Semi Final exit in the French Cup too as all the eggs were put in the Champions League basket. We weren't as dominant in Ligue 1 as we had been earlier in the season, with "only" 6 wins from our next 9 games, with 3 draws against Nimes, Monaco and SM Caen who very nearly beat us. A strong end to the season though as we dropped points just two more times, against Lille and Marseille, which were both games we could've lost, although we'd already won the league by that point anyway. We also rested pretty much our first team every time I had a CL game mid-week too, so can't complain too much. 1 less point than last season, although we did broke a new record for the least defeats ever, so that's nice. Champions League Man United are a very strong side and not a team you want to play in the 1st Knockout Round, but we took their best player from them in the summer and it was Pogba who played a crucial role in both games. He bossed the midfield with Kante and Eriksen who helped us get 3 goals at home, although United did fight back with a brace from Hazard. Pogba nicked an away goal for us early on at his old stomping ground and we managed to defend strongly to prevent them from getting any further goals. We went from one of the hardest draws to one of the easiest. Fair ****s to RB Salzburg for getting to the Quarter Finals, some achievement for an Austrian team and to be fair to them they held their own for most of the match in Austria. We got very jammy and got 2 extra away goals deep into injury time which completely killed the tie. Andre Ramalho had a game to forget as he got a brace of own goals for them in the return leg A hugely difficult tie as Alexander-Arnold sliced through our left side to whip in for Salah to head home an early lead at Anfield. I thought the floodlights had opened, but led be Van Dikj at the back we held firm, then Liverpool's old man headed home from a corner to give us a huge away goal. Mbappe scored with a wonderful solo effort to make it 1-0 in the return home tie and Liverpool didn't have an answer for it. Allegri has a lot of beef with me though, not really sure why. Obviously I stole Van Dijk in the summer, but he was being a right dick in all the pre-match pressers for the home tie. I thought I'd be a ***** and deliberately unsettle both Alexander-Arnold and Salah, which worked a treat and in the following days after they got knocked out I managed to secure deals to permanently sign both of them We needed a RB and potential upgrade for Coman anyway, so given they were both top of my target lists for their respective position everything went great. Juventus were far from the side I feared the most on the other side of the draw, as they got past Man City to avoid having to play them in the final. Juventus are still a decent side, but Lazio took them to the wire in Serie A so I think they were less prepared and dominant as they have been in previous seasons. Pogba had a great game in midfield and a Mbappe brace cancelled out an early goal from a 37 year old Cristiano Ronaldo. Former Juve old boy Coman popped up with a late goal to rub salt in the wounds and cap PSG's first ever Champions League title.
  8. Ryan Bertrand was allowed to leave the club as another left-back was signed... Benjamin Mendy was transfer listed by Man City after he kicked off about a contract or something, luckily we have lots of money so splurged £41M and gave him a nice contract. Jesse Lingard was recalled by Chelsea as he wasn't deemed to be playing enough, so in came Wilfried Zaha, another player that City were willing to loan out because they can't give him enough game time.
  9. Mid-Season Update Trophee des Champions A nice win against Lyon with goals from Mbappe and Neymar to secure our first trophy of the season on the first day of the season. Coupe de la Ligue A resounding win against AS Saint Ettiene in our first League Cup game. Ligue 1 We won our first 4 games of the season with absolutely no trouble at all, with Neymar even getting 4 at Montpellier. Amiens away proved tricky as despite being 3-0 up at half-time we almost blew it. We then lost at home to Nimes in a complete shock and I thought ****, this season isn't going to be so easy. But then we beat Nantes and Bordeaux before... Winning every other game so far. Monaco away we got very lucky and were actually 2-1 down at half-time. Marseille away we got quite fortunate too and I thought we'd draw with Saint Ettienne, but other than that we've been rampant. Almost embarrassingly good. Title obviously in the bag as we're 17 points clear. Big shout out to Nimes who are having a raging season. Champions League My return to North London unfortunately ended in defeat, with Lacazette and Aubemeyang getting one each to put me down. Winning the group was an upheal struggle from then, but we beat Bilbao and then a Pogba hat-trick secured a huge win against Inter, before another Pogba goal secured a point at the San Siro. A Pogba brace secured a 2-2 draw with my old side as I failed to beat them again, before we beat Bilbao comfortably on the last match day. Not managing to beat my old side at home has really cost us as our 1st knockout round match will be against Ole's Man United who are the Champions League holders, although we've of course robbed them of Pogba which must've hurt them a bit. It will be a tough couple of matches though either way.
  10. Gone from a massively easy group as 2nd seeds to a massively hard one as 1st seeds ffs. Buzzing to return to my old stomping ground though
  11. My old side came in for Keylor Navas, which given they have the very good Leno already who is like 5/6 years younger I thought was a bit weird. I didn't actually clock how old Navas was so I thought £22.5M for a 34 year old was a decent move to let happen. We also lost a few more squad players, although Almalda was on loan last season and the other two barely played at all anyway so to get £24/25M+ for them was decent business. I wanted Kante as my Veratti replacement and always planned to get him. I signed Woj to replace Keylor Navas as he's done well at Juve but wanted more money than they were offering him. De Gea and Ederson again couldn't happen. I thought **** it I'll put in a cheeky bid for Pogba not expecting them to give me the time of day, but after a bit of negotiating they were willing to let him go for £143M so I thought sod it, why not? Vidal also joins on a free transfer as experienced depth and wantaway #JLINGZ joins his old mate Pogba on a season long loan from Chelsea. Michielan is a young regen striker that was brought in as emergency back-up. Mbappe kicked up a huge fuss about wanting to leave for United, Barca or Real but none of them were willing to pay the £200M price tag I put on him. Barca offered me £100M and I re-negotiated it so it was £100M plus a 34 year old Lionel Messi which I thought was a decent deal for them, but they turned it down. The starting 11 ffs Woj Mario Gaspar - Marquinhos - Van Dijk - Alex Grimaldo Pogba - Kante Coman - Eriksen - Neymar Mbappe Absolutely outrageous. Draxler, Dembele, Haverts, Kimpembe, Lingard, Vidal all on the bench and others like Coquelin, Ryan Bertrand etc around as well.
  12. It was another CL for Real Madrid. Not quite as good a year for the English sides, although Ole did get to the final.
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