Beginning of 2012-2013 Season
I have started a 2012-2013 season with Olimpia Elblag in Polish First Division.
This season I am also one of the contenders to get relegated and my media prediction is to be 13th so it is not that good. So against this season I am avoiding to get relegated and hopefully get into one digit position at the end of the season.
Looks from the teams in the league I think my team is capable of being in around 10th position but last season was kind of disappointing so I think this year it will be hard too but I am sure that this season my team will stay up.
In pre-season my Olimpia had played 5 games in which there was 2 quite tough opponents:
Sigma Olomouc 0-2
Lech Rypin 1-1
Well some results are good but some are bad. Overall I am not that pleased with their performance in friendlies because they just played really poor in most of the games. I am most disappointed with result against Lech Rypin because that Lech is a lot worse team than my Olimpia. And my team just did not perform as I excepted and I now that they can play better than that. But I can understand that they did not performance as I excepted because there were lots of transfers in and out of the team. So they are not gel in together so far.
I am most pleased with result against Baltika. Mostly because it was their best performance and they won against team which plays in second tier of Russia football. And Russia football is a lot better than Polish football so it is just amazing to win against that teams.
I have managed to sign 12 players (3 of them went to U18 team) because I had release 11 players because they were quite poor. Some of the players seem to have quite good attributes. And I have hopes for them that they will help my team to get in single digit position at the end of the season.
I am really pleased with some of the transfers. Especially I am happy that I found some young players with quite good stats because they could play for Olimpia for few season if they are good. So after my massive squad cut, I think I replace them with even better and younger players so it is really good transfer window so far. But I will have to see if that was really smart choice to get all these players because they haven’t used to my tactic yet.
This tactic I have created in demo and I have been using this tactic since January this year. I think this tactic will help but seeing last season results I think I might actually reconsider to change that tactic. But I will give it a go to see.
Olimpia Elblag manager gave interview to Dziennik Elblanski
DE: Good day. Last season you have managed to avoid relegation and you have been 13th. Will Olimpia stay up this season?
JF: Yeah definitely they will stay up and I think this season will be better than last one.
DE: You seems to be really confident. In your opinion what position your team will be at the of the season?
JF: Well Olimpia haven’t played any games in the league yet so I don’t really know but I was hoping to be around 10th place.
DE: Do you think that someday Olimpia will play in Ekstraklasa?
JF: I am pretty sure that Olimpia will play in Ekstraklasa and they might even play in Champions League.
DE: If they will, in your opinion when they will?
JF: Hmmm.. Hard question. I think it could be around 3 season until they will get promoted into Ekstraklasa and another 5-6 or even more until they qualify into European competitions so if lucky than in around 10 years.
DE: You think Olimpia will be capable of winning any of European competitions?
JF: With team like Olimpia I can only dream of winning an European competition.
DE: Let’s talk about transfer. You have already signed 12 players. Do you plan any more transfers?
JF: Not now but if any of areas could get improve, than I think I might sign someone in January window.
DE: Who is your favorite signing this season?
JF: Well I am pleased with all the signings but Jaroslaw Krzak seems like good signing for Olimpia.
DE: You had sign more younger players in this window. Why is that?
JF: I thought there were a lot of older players in team so I just wanted bring more younger blood into the squad.
DE: OK. Thank you for interview.