SEASON 6 | THE SERIE A DREAM IS NOW REALITY
Hey guys, I want to start off this update by saying a huge thank you to everyone who is following and commenting on my story! I have been nominated for Story of the Month and that is because of you guys!
I have always wanted to blog and share my story but never thought anyone would be interested. You guys have made a game I already love, even more enjoyable, so thank you so much!
Palermo are back in Serie A! We have worked so hard to get here, and now we have to fight to stay up. I believe if we can remain in the division this season we will be able to progress even further next year.
Our first ever game in Serie A is against Sassuolo. We have a lot of new players in the squad, so I expected it to take time for them to gel and for myself to figure out my best line up. I think on paper we have a decent looking team that should be able to avoid relegation.
Unfortunately we lost our first game 3-1. Not the best performance, and Donsah really let us down getting a red card after just 32 minutes. He was a standout player for us last season, so I won't be too hard on him for that.
Our second game in the league was against Genoa, and we gained our first Serie A win! 1-0 thanks to Schiro. A really impressive performance, especially away from home which has been a problem of ours in past seasons.
Palermo v Roma! These are the games we were excited for! To test ourselves against the best ! Roma were predicted to finish 3rd this season. They have some quality players, notably Richarlison, Kluivert and Pellegrini.
And we managed to draw with Roma 2-2! A very respectable result. Daniel Maldini with a brace.
One thing I am extremely proud with in this save is how healthy the finances are now. We gained a good bonus when we were promoted to Serie A. But I am still yet to buy a player, we have only signed players on loan and on pre-contracts. The club balance is looking great and I am to continue growing it each season. I will only spend the money we have raised when I find a world class player that can improve our team. That player is yet to come available...
When we won the league last season I also decided to bring in a lot of new staff. I hired a new and better assistant manager as well as new physio, scouts and a couple of coaches. I love the idea of hiring ex players, so I signed Kolo Toure and Matuidi as coaches, who actually have really good coaching stats!
Elsewhere in the league, Benevento won their first game of the season, with one of the craziest results I have seen on FM this year! Had to look twice when I saw the result!
Another huge game next, AC Milan at San Siro! Milan don't quite have the big stars like they use to. But they are still a massive club and will be a huge challenge...
I couldn't believe it.... we were 10 seconds away from a 0-0 draw, and we conceded right at the death. Gutted...
Our worst result of the season, a 4-0 defeat to Lazio. Lazio are top of the league and playing well, but it was a bit of a reality check for the lads.
We played Napoli and beat them at home! Our best result this season! 4 different goal scorers, and we had slightly more possession. If we can perform like this consistently we will be competing for European football in no time!
We drew with Fiorentina. A disappointing draw. We were 2-0 up and we got another red card. Discipline has been an issue this season. But at least we gained another point.
A crazy game and an amazing comeback! 2 late goals from Lucera and Gutierrez gave us the 2-1 win over Trapani, a crucial win and 3 points in the bag!
Colido hasn't had much game time this season, and put in a transfer request. I sold him to the highest bidder. Nice little profit on a player we signed for free just one season ago.
We scraped a point against Inter Milan, a 1-1 draw was a good result for us, but we picked up our 4th red card of the season! I feel like we molding into the classic Stoke City lol
A poor performance, but a 1-0 win over Brescia, this one is for you Griffo
Our first time playing against Juventus in this save, a huge game! The have a quality team with a mix of experience and youth. This will be a huge challenge!
And we lost 3-0.... 2 red cards for us! My boys are losing their heads!
The Youth Intake preview this year doesn't look amazing... more full backs coming through, I already have two good full backs in the youth teams with bigger clubs trying to poach them.
So at the end of December we have had a roller-coaster ride of results in the league. Some big highs like the win over Napoli, and some poor losses like the defeats to Lazio and Juve.
We currently sit 14th in the league. A good position to be in at this stage of the season. We are quite comfortably above the relegation zone, so I am hoping just a couple more wins should almost guarantee we can stay in Serie A another season.
Our biggest concern is certainly discipline. We are having to rotate the team a lot due to suspensions and injuries and that is probably ruining our rhythm and consistency. Paulinho has been a solid player for us as our main DM, and his loan has ended now. We do have some money available to spend in Jan but their are not a lot of good player's available. So I don't think I will buy anyone this season, although you know I will be signing some player's on pre-contracts for next season
I looked at the players who have contracts expiring and frustratingly their are some quality players, but they don't want to come to Palermo.. the like of Hazard, De Bruyne, Tielemans, Immobile, Icardi and Zaha are all becoming available for free at the end of their contracts!
In a few season I am hoping we have grown our reputation enough to secure players of that quality. But for now, the grind continues. Can we fight our way through the second half of the season? Or will our poor discipline come back to haunt us?
As always, thanks for reading!