Season 2 is done. I decided to play the complete season because I wanted to go through the seasons more quickly, unless the season is becoming something special.
– Part 1 –
The season started very well. We started with a home game against Liverpool and we won this game! Thanks to Anthony Knockaert’s goal in the 91st minute. Out form over the rest of the season was a little unsure. We lost a few games we should have won, like the games against Wolves and Leicester, but we also won games of which I thought we would lose, like the game against Manchester United. But there is one game I want to tell you about. It was the game on boxing day against Manchester City. We started playing on the counter and a little deeper then we normally are and in the first 30 minutes it worked fine. We got a nice counter after an attack from City which was beautifully shot into the bottom corner by Petagna. The rest of the first half was very relaxed and there weren’t any big chances from either side. The second half started the way the first half ended. But after 20 minutes Manchester City started to attack more. And it worked, on the 69th minute, Sané run along the left side of the pitch towards the corner flag. He crossed it into the box and Sergio Agüero shot it home. After that I tried attacking more. In the last 5 minutes of the game produced two more goals. First, Knockaert headed a free kick behind Ederson. Within the minute, Kevin de Bryune received the ball from Agüero halfway our half and after a few steps put it in the back of the net. The match ended in 2-2.
– Part 2 –
During the second part of the season we were steadily in the top half of the table. During the last few matches we were coming closer and closer to the Europa League qualifying spots. Winning from Leicester and Manchester United meant we were able to secure our 6th place 3 games before the end of the season. The last two games I played a few youngsters to see if some of them could come through into the first team. After 38 games we ended 6th with 64 points with 19 wins, 7 draw and 12 losses. We scored 64 goals, conceded 45 goals which resulted in a goal difference of +19.
We played in two cups this year, the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup. The run in the Carabao Cup was cut short because of the draw against Manchester City in the 4th Round. Our run in the FA Cup went all the way to the final! In the final we encountered a very strong Chelsea playing with most of their best eleven. In the first half we tried to stop Chelsea and it worked. But in the second half they changed their approach and we couldn’t cope with it. It eventually ended in a staggering 3-0 for Chelsea.
In season 3 I will try to qualify for the Champions League. I think this is a fitting goal after qualifying for the Europa League this year. We will need some new players and I will post a overview of my transfers in the next few days.