Barcelona's attack of Mane, Coutinho, and Gabriel Jesus was quite intimidating and we opted to try to and absorb pressure then hit them with a counter attack. We did well but an own goal by Pantelis Hatzidiakos gave them the lead in the 31st minute. It was an unfortunate play, where Eboa Eboa's clearance attempt ricocheted off of Hatzidiakos and Dmitrovic was unable to save it in time. Minutes later Ruben Nieves scored another goal to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead heading into the break. We went back to our normal formation and attacking style in the 2nd half and outplayed them with Nicolas Guerra scoring in the 88th minute assisted by Kovachev. We were unable to get an equalizer though.
A well deserved draw for both sides against PSV, little separation for either side throughout. An absolute drubbing of EVV with Guerra leading the way with a hattrick and an assist.
Rather than sit back against Juventus we decided to be the aggressor, it nearly paid off in a very even match. However, Juventus got a great goal from Federico Bernardeschi in the 81st minute. Guerra nearly got us even in the 90th minute but hit the post! Another tough loss in the group.
We rebounded nicely with a 4-1 win against bottom half of the table Excelsior. Taabouni was amazing - scoring 2 goals and assisting on the other 2.
Another month where we played about as well as we could have expected. It would have been nice to pick up another point or two in the Group Stage but it was not meant to be, we were very competitive in both matches though.
Taabouni has been great the entire season so far and this month was no exception. He currently leads the team in goals despite not being featured in the first team. He finished the month with 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 appearances.
Once again we have avoided any major injuries, just a few minor nagging injuries as we head into the month of November.
We are still in good shape in the league, once we make up the matches that were pushed back we should be in good position assuming we are still in form.
Sparta pull off the upset, beating Ajax 2-1 at home! PEC Zwolle still defying all odds...
After losing at home to both Barcelona and Juventus we will be fighting for the 3rd spot with Bayer, a crucial match ahead where we get them at home.
A difficult month ahead with our Champions League matches and the top 2 in the league. Venlo and Breda are both top half of the table as well. A big test ahead for the squad!