SEASON 9: SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER | IMPORTANT WINS
Sitting 5th in the league at the end of August, put us in a good position to begin the season. Away form has been an issue, but we are yet to lose a game at home. We certainly have a lot of options in the squad, and still don't really have our best XI. The midfield positions are all up for grabs. Pirola is our best CB but he needs a consistent partner, and we have been lacking goals up front. Brobbey the slight favourite at the moment ahead of Gutierrez who has slumped the last season and a half.
The upcoming games look favorable, with Napoli and Juventus our toughest opponents. We have to keep our eye on Sassuolo who are top of the table early on. Consistency is the key. We will also try to progress as far as we can in the cup this season, and our first match in the cup is against Entella who we then play again in our next league match.
Mairno our wonderkid right back is a wanted man. Man City and Liverpool keep coming in with bids that we continue to reject and his agent now want's us to offer him a new contract. Marino agreed a new 5-year deal with the club, although we had to have a release clause and set it as high as we could. £29.5 million is not a lot of money for the likes of Man City, so I won't be surprised if someone pays his release clause in the next couple of seasons. Hopefully before then I can renegotiate his contract and remove the clause. A good season this year and I could also offer him a pay rise and European football would surely entice him to stay in Sicilli.
(A) Sassuolo 2-0 Palermo
This was a tough match against a Sassuolo side who have really developed as a top club in Italy over the past few seasons. Marco Asensio bossed the game. Sassuolo have a striker (Urso) who continue to bag goals in the league, we are keeping our eye on him as a possible January transfer target.
(A) SPAL 0-0 Palermo
A dull affair against SPAL. To be honest we didn't play well and did well not to lose the game. Another tough away fixture, I will look to adjust our tactic's slightly to try and find what works best. Two games now without a goal is slightly worrying.
(H) Palermo 1-0 Entella - Cup
Our first win of the month! A narrow victory in the cup over Entella. I rotated the squad and Nuno Santos was the sole goal scorer in the game. We progress on to the next round.
(A) Entella 0-2 Palermo
Back to back wins! A solid performance, and nice to pick up 3 points away from home. Nuno Santos scored again and loan DM Runje finished off the game. A much better performance and it was good to win a game that we were expected to win.
(H) Palermo 2-4 Bologna
A tough loss to take. Quincy Promes gave us the lead after 39 minutes to put us 2-1 up. However Bologna came back strong to score 3 goals without reply. Our home fortress now has a dent, but we will take the positive from the game. We scored 2 goals, and kept possession well. These things will be to our advantage in building on for the rest of the season.
(H) Palermo 2-1 Napoli
A very good win against a tough Napoli side! We won the game in dramatic fashion. Pol Joensen score the winner in the 91st minute. He hasn't contributed a lot so far this season but turned up when we needed him most! Napoli have been struggling this season, and after this game their manager was sacked.
(H) Palermo 2-0 Sampdoria
A comfortable home win. Brian Brobbey finally decided to show up scoring a brace. This was our most dominant performance of the season so far, holding Sampdoria out to just 1 shot on our goal. A very solid win.
(H) Palermo 0-0 Benevento
Another good performance but unfortunately we couldn't find a way to score. Our lack of goals is still an issue, and we really are looking now for a new striker. Gutierrez has been non existent this season and could be packing his bags very soon.
(H) Palermo 4-3 Juventus
Our last game of the update was a fantastic victory in a 7 goal thriller against Juventus! They were top of the league and we took the game to them and came away victorious. We really are picking up wins in some big important matches! Vlasic equalized in the 92nd minute to make the score 3-3, before Promes scored his second of the game just a minute later to win the game! Promes has surprisingly been one of our best players so far this season, he always seems to impact the game whether he starts or comes off the bench. What a win!
A very good couple of months for us. We beat two top teams, and managed to secure our first away win. We have begun the season very well, although I would still like to be able to kill teams off when we need a goal we are struggling to turn to a reliable striker. I am already looking into the market.
So at the end of October we sit 4th in the league! A very good position. Juventus are running away with the league early, which makes our victory over them even more impressive. AC Milan and Napoli continue to struggle. It is still early and a couple of defeats can change everything so we must continue to focus in each match and continue striving to win every game we play. Forza Palermo!
As always, thanks for reading!
P.S: Please comment if you prefer month to month updates like this or would like me to post half season updates. Still not sure which I prefer?