SEASON 10: THE GROUP OF DEATH
We have qualified for the Champions League after finishing 4th place last season (the best finish in the clubs history). But we have been really unlucky with the draw and we are in the 'Group of Death'! We face off against Bayern Munich, Manchester United,
and AS Monaco.
With the Serie A season due to start at the end of December, it means we can focus all of our attention on competing against these tough opponents. Although we can focus on the Champions League, realistically we are not expecting to do that well. Qualifying for the Champions League this season has been a success in itself and we are just looking forward to the challenge of competing on in the world's best club football competition. We kick off our campaign at home against German super team Bayern Munich.
(H) Palermo 0-0 Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League
Our first match was a very respectable draw! Duncan, Susa and Ascacibar made their debut's. Although Bayern had more possession and shots, we held our own and proved that we can compete at this level.
(A) Perugia 0-1 Palermo - Coppa Italia 2nd Round
We gained our first victory of the season against newly promoted Perugia. Joensen scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute. We played very well, and could have won the game by a lot more if we made the most of the chances we created. We had a great cup run last season, and are aiming for a semi-final at least this season.
(A) AS Monaco 0-4 Palermo - UEFA Champions League
Strangely Monaco's full starting team were real players. The year is 2028! That means that their average age must have been at least 30. This was an unbelievable game! We went to France and put in one of our best performances in a hostile environment. Goals from Susa, Maric and Joensen (2) helped us to earn 3 points in the group stage, and one of the most impressive wins in the club history. We will always remember this night in Monaco.
Joensen Incredible Goal v AS Monaco
Maric First Goal for the Club v AS Monaco
After the match against Monaco we received some terrible news. Urso, our first choice goal keeper, is injured and will be out for 4-7 weeks! Right before we play Manchester United! That means that our second choice keeper Plizzari will have to step up. But Urso is irreplaceable, and it will be an extremely tough game for Plizzari to play for us... I am not looking forward to it..
(A) Manchester United 7-1 Palermo - UEFA Champions League
A poor poor performance, especially from Plizzari. He couldn't fill Urso's boots as at least 3 of the goals were his fault. United were ruthless and absolute dominated us the entire game. We have to play Manchester United in our next game too so we will change our approach and see if we can be more competitive in the next match.
(H) Palermo 3-2 Manchester United - UEFA Champions League
What an amazing turn around! Roudout and Susa gave us the 2-0 lead in the first half, before Greenwood brought one back for United just before half time. In the second half we continue to play well, and Duncan scored his first goal for the club after a mix up between the Manchester United defenders. In the 77th minute, Rashford stepped up to take a penalty for United, and Plizzari was the hero, diving sharply to his left to save the penalty! An incredible turn around, Plizzari was the hero, as we continue our good home form. Palermo is absolutely buzzing and I let the player's go and enjoy a night out after that win!
Simon Roudout 1-0 v Manchester United!
(A) Bayern Munich 5-0 Palermo - UEFA Champions League
A tough game away in Germany resulted in a poor loss. Again we struggled away from home, and when we don't play well against teams as good as Bayern and United, they make us pay. One game left in the group stage, against AS Monaco at home, and we actually have a chance to progress into the knockout stages!
So with 1 game left in the group stages, we are 2nd in our group! A draw is enough to see us go through, although if we lost and Bayern beat United then we could go through too. I was feeling mixed emotions, because a loss would mean we would fall into the Europa League knockout stage which we would be more competitive in than the Champions League knockout stage. However, we will go out to win the game!
(H) Palermo 1-2 AS Moncao - UEFA Champions League
A tough loss to take as we were the better team. Two goals from Daramy for Monaco was enough to see them AS Monaco win the game. A late goal from Brobbey gave us hope, but it was too little, too late.
That loss meant we finished 3rd in our group. Bayern Munch and Manchester United progress to the knockout stages. We held our own in a very tough group and can be proud of our performances. The wins against Monaco and Manchester United will be forever in our memory!
Finishing 3rd in the group means we will now play in the Europa League, and we really want to push far in the competition and see if we can win it!
We have been drawn against another Premier League team in the first knockout round of the Europa League and will play against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Our youth intake this year doesn't look all that great
(A) Sassuolo 0-3 Palermo - Coppa Italia 3rd Round
A very good performance against Sassuolo sees us progress into the quarter-final of the Coppa Italia. All of our front three; Joensen, Susa and Duncan scored in this match. We will play against AC Milan in the quarter finals, a chance for revenge is certainly on the cards.
Our first game of the Serie A season was against the Champions of last season Inter Milan.
After Favre's resignation it was the German manager Tuchel who took the reigns. Inter Milan added superstar striker Fabio Silva to their already talented squad. This will be a huge test for us and will really give us an opportunity to see where we are at in relation to our direct competitors this season.
(H) Palermo 2-1 Inter Milan
Keith Duncan continued his great start to the season and could be the striker we have been dreaming about! Roudout scored a rocket off the crossbar and in to give us a 2-0 lead! Inter Milan kept the pressure on and Fabio Silva scored late in the game to bring one back. But we managed to hold on, and defeat the champions in our first Serie A game this season. We couldn't have dreamed of a better start, so let's hope this set's the tone for the remainder of the season.
A lot has happened over the first half of the season, and the league has only just begun! Our target this year has to be to qualify for the Champions League again, but we have to juggle three competitions, and rotate our squad wisely as we will have a lot of games to play between now and the end of the season. We have started brightly and are really looking forward to see how we can progress this season, especially in the Europa League, which I am quietly confident about. Bring on the Serie A season! Duncan, Susa and Joensen have all had great starts to the season, and with quality players in each position in the squad, we are set up for a successful campaign. We have proved we can do it already by beating Monaco, Manchester United and Inter Milan, there is much more to come from the boys in pink.
As always, thanks for reading!