17. A series of uneventful events
Even though we don’t seem to be in the title fight, as Bayern shows to be back to their form, it is really important to stay secure in the UCL spots for the third consecutive year. In a typical season like this one, we present ourselves as another strength to be reckoned with, just below Dortmund, who, in their own world, are just below Bayern.
In January, we brought just one more player:
CB William Makengo, age 19
The defender William Makengo came from Wuhan Zall (!!!) for €16,75M euros, just one year after he left Belgium for €19,5M to play in the Chinese side. He is a very - very! - promising centre-back, which raises a couple of questions, with all due respect to Chinese football:
How come such a talented defender is missed by every single European radar and ends up in China?
Who convinced this kid that going to China would help his development?
Anyway, he’s ours now. Regarding the outbound of players, Kuscevic became excedentary with Makengo’s arrival and will be playing in Mexico. Chilufya, after years of good services, has been outgrown by the club and we wish him good luck at Hoffenheim.
How to exterminate your title chances in only two games? Here I show you how.
Our team came alive in a busy February, with 7 games spread between the smaller month of the calendar. Except for the comprehensible 1-0 defeat against Barça, we won all games, even counting on extra-time with a hat-trick from Ricardo Bye. Mental note: for God’s sake stop going to extra-time. it is screwing up our fitness.
We tried to put a charge for the title fight with a recovery in February and March, but at that point Bayern was far from our reach. Another thin defeat against Barcelona wave us Bye-Bye from UCL in our longest run so far in the competition.
It’s been a while since we had a month with more red than anything else, but April defined Bayern’s comeback, beating us marginally and putting us back in our place. We lost against RBL for the first time, which is particularly painful, and we are consolidating an annoying difficulty to beat Eintracht in the past few seasons.
Less busy and emotional than the last one, our strikers did their job in May, even though the defenders pissed Naki off. 3 wins to consolidate our spot in the UCL once again.
Final Standings - Bundesliga 2024/25
In the end, May became an emotional month: just not for us. An amazing battle between Bayern and Dortmund sees the Southern side beating the Northern one by 2 goals in the goal difference tiebreaker. Even though Bayern and Dortmund are back to their places, their dominance was not as evident as it was before we came into the game, as we ended up only short of 4 points. Eintracht lost ground at the second half of the season and missed out on the last UCL spot, which went to Gelsenkirchen.
On a squad analysis, I had mixed feelings regarding Müller’s performances with us. Even though he had his share of good games, he was not consistent as he was, which is understandable at 35 years of age. However, these performances are not suitable for someone with the highest salary in the squad. Considering that he is not getting any younger, we will be looking for another club for him for 2025/26.
@Wolf seeing Frankfurt there was indeed a nice surprise from the game hahaha
@Jack well, UCL football it is. Next year to something better maybe
@TheLFCFan yeah, it felt like any other year in real life, with Bayern going away and Dortmund showing potential but falling apart soon into the season. The name of this episode shows exactly how I think