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A perfect February, inclkuding a comeback against Spurs. We trailed 2-1 after 119 minutes, and somehow managed to win it without needing penalties

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and we end the month third still, but with the gap reduced to 6. 10 games left to try and catch Liverpool

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Just when I thought we had turned a corner

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as having trailed 1-0, and led 2-1, we conceded two quick goals against Tottenham to throw away a win

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Fought back from an early setback at Liverpool, only to concede again in the early stages of the second half

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and were robbed against Villa

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Although we sit second in the table, we're unlikely to stay there

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Time to round up a disappointing season, beginning with the club awards night winners

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and the season stats

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The season review shows how much that slow start hurt us, although we were dogged by inconsistency for much of the season

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Pietro Pellegri won Footballer of the Year

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and Players Player of the Year was his too

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and he was our only representative in the Team of the Year

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and guess who won the Golden Boot? Yes, him

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Pre season results were pretty encouraging, as I set up an exact copy of the fixtures City played before going on to win their last title. The only exception to that was the Coventry game, which couldn't be cancelled as it's part of the partnership arrangement between the two clubs. Apart from the Hannover 96 game, everything went well

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There were quite a few transfers in and out

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Magnin will be a first choice centre back

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and he'll be joined there by Carvalho

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James Hughes will be a midfield backup option

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and Benitez replaces Chilwell as my first choice left back

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The following players have also left the club, one way or another

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This is my squad for the new season. I'm delighted I've got basically two players for every position sorted, but a little worried about the quality of our cover in goal

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Seven points out of nine, and an unbeaten start, was probably the most I expected from these three opening fixtures of the season, but having beaten Arsenal, drawing with Everton makes it feel a little disappointing

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which leaves us second in the table, as only 1 team still has a perfect record after 3 games

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We remain unbeaten at the end of October

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but failure to beat Manchester United sees us fall out of the top 4, although the top 7 are separated by only 3 points, and we are now the only unbeaten team

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and we're on track in the Champions League

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A pretty solid end to the season, with the second leg Champions League defeat more than made up for by the brilliant away win in the first leg, meaning we'll be in next month's final

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and that end to the season was enough to win the Premier League

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as we finish a point clear of Manchester United

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Here are the lineups for the FA Cup Final

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and although the game went to extra time, we won through comfortably in the end

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meaning we celebrate the Double, with a possibility of more to come

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Time to round up, starting with our Club Awards night winners

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and our season stats

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A quick snapshot of our season

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On to the Premier League awards, beginning with the Golden Glove, where Blake Holland pushed Alex Meret all the way, but had to settle for second

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I won Manager of the Year

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No less than eight of our players in the Team of the Year

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and Pietro Pellegri wins the Golden Boot

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My first England games were a Nations League double header, at home to Wales, and away in Italy

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and those results leave us second in the group, behind Italy. We face two away games next month, first against Russia, then Wales. We need to win both already, just to keep qualification hopes alive

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Four points from two matches in October

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means that our fate in the group is not in our own hands. We need to win both our last two home games, at home to Russia and Italy, beating the Italians by two goals. and hope for help from the Welsh

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The next action was in June, when we'd play in the knockout stage of the Nations League, and we went on to win the competition

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beating France in the semi final, and Spain in the final. We rounded the month off with a friendly victory over the United States.

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We rounded the year off with two friendly wins. An impressive demolition of Mexico at Wembley, and a much less pleasing scraped win over Canada in their own back yard.

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We were reduced to 10 men through injury after 68 minutes against Norway, but we were already behind, and because we had to chase the game, we were vulnerable to losing another goal, which was what happened, sending us out of our own tournament in the second round, and possibly ending this save

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I've to say, your England carrier was pretty much a typical England manager's career in the last 3-4 decades. Play crazy good in qualies/friendlies, potentially beat group in tournament, get knocked out early in the play offs in dramatic fashion :P

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On 04/02/2020 at 11:26, Jimmious7 said:

I've to say, your England carrier was pretty much a typical England manager's career in the last 3-4 decades. Play crazy good in qualies/friendlies, potentially beat group in tournament, get knocked out early in the play offs in dramatic fashion :P

Fair point, but if we hadn't been reduced to 10 men, I'd have fancied us to turn it around. All the more gutting that it was an injury rather than a sending off, so precisely zero I could have done about it, and we were battering the door down when that injury arrived. On to a new adventure now :)

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