Adriana Vega shows her smile, despite missing out on Champions League
Anthony Gerrard applauds the fans after loss the 1-0 vs Arsenal at Emirates Stadium
Four months ago Huddersfield’s season felt disappointing. A season that had started out with such promise had seen the Toffees slip down the table to the eighth-nineth place spots in the table. Instead of Champions League football, Huddersfield was busy fighting for a spot in the Europa League.
Then Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal slipped, Huddersfield started winning again, and once again the Champions League seemed possible. Terriers went from just playing out the season to having some real hope. The idea that Huddersfield could have a spot to the Champions League when everyone predicted a relegation fight seemed too good to be true.
Then Huddersfield became Huddersfield. They took a golden opportunity and turned it into draw against Fulham and Wigan. Even if Huddersfield still draw to Everton this past weekend, they would still have a chance at Champions League football. Instead, they fell in last games that were more important than the Everton match. It is a problem Terriers have seen for years.
Despite this disappointment, this was actually a good season. As we’ve seen in Liverpool, changing managers brings a certain unknown to the team. It would not have been shocking if Adriana Vega came in last two season and Huddersfield experienced a three season slip down the table. In fact, some less informed pundits even thought we would be in a relegation battle.
Instead, Vega has improved Huddersfield both in results and in style of play. With results, Huddersfield will finish to the top five or six on the table for the first time since the Premier League running. Not a bad job for a guy whose last team was end the last season in the 12th place.
It can be hard to accept how successful this season was, missed opportunities always hurt, but there is a lot to take pride in for Huddersfield. The future looks just as bright as ever. Maybe next year can finally be the year of Champions League football.