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Aston Villa F.C. - Looking for direction

Started on 22 October 2022 by ippe
Latest Reply on 5 December 2022 by TheLFCFan
Aston Villa F.C. Season 2027/28 - End of the season report - Finding our direction

I've already shown you a sneak peek of what was our position when we had 5 games left in our season. Let's see how we got there and how did the season finish.

Premier League

After the Q3 we were 2nd on the league 1 point behind Manchester City and this was the situation for much of the final games of the season too.

Our schedule was so congested that some slips were expected but we didn't play too well at all. We dropped points on three of our four first matches but at the same time City were struggling as well, so they didn't manage to gain any advantage over us. At one point we hade 3 games on 6 days and that's just insane.

At the end of the season we managed to win three out of our last four games which was enough to bring home the Premier League Trophy!

We clinched the trophy at home against WBA with a 6-0 win and Andreas Schjelderup scored two of the goals. Schjelderup was my first signing when I took the Aston Villa job over 5 years ago and his journey to this point is quite similar than my journey as a manager of a this club. There has been ups and downs and at points things haven't looked that pretty but eventually it all came together. I brought the PL trophy to Aston Villa and Schjelderup was one of the key players scoring 12 times and assisting further 6 goals in his 26 PL appearances while getting an avg rating of 7.38.

One down, two to go. Next up the FA Cup!

The FA Cup

We made a bit of a cup run at FA Cup. When the season starts, the FA Cup isn't the priority target but its a glorious trophy on its own right and winning multiple trophies in a season is a sign of a dominant team and that's what we want to be.

Let's skip over the few early rounds and focus more on the games leading to the Final. At quarter-final stage we were handed a tough draw as we had to face Liverpool. Liverpool were surprisingly toothless against us and didn't show much fight despite us beating them 5-2 in our previous meeting. We also managed to beat Newcastle in a relatively open game on semi-finals before it was time to face Arsenal on the final.

We had a poor start on the final as Martinelli escaped our defenders and scored the first goal early in the game. After that we took control of the game and Endrick scored on both sides of the half time and we were heading towards the FA Cup trophy until Schick scored such a cheap goal for Arsenal. They made a meaningless lob ball behind our defenders who were slow to react and we headed on OT which was rather eventless to say the least. It took crap ton of penalties but finally Romeo Lavia missed for Arsenal and our first 8 takers scored so we won the FA Cup!

Two down, one to go. Next up, the Chaaaaaaaampioooooooons League!

The Champions League

During our time with Aston Villa we have gained a reputation as a strong League Phase team but the quarter-finals has been the furthest stage we have progressed to. As you already know, this changed for this season.

I already talked about out heroic comeback against AS Roma. On quarter-finals we faced our PL title rivals Manchester City who we had beaten two times on the PL this season. We started the match-up well by beating City 2-1 at home but the away game was trickier. We were getting the better changes but City were leading 2-1 at the end of the game and we were heading on OT until Stockport's own Manchester City academy graduate Mani Billingsley scored a 2-2 equaliser on the 93rd minute taking us to the semi finals!

The semi-final were fully English as we were drawn against Liverpool meanwhile Arsenal faced Manchester Untied. The away game at Anfield ended 1-1 after relatively even game, although Liverpool were better side and perhaps should have won the game. I was confident before our home game and Billingsley was the hero once again by scoring twice before the half-time and putting the match-up on bed before the HT. We scored once more for good measure on second half and were headed to the final against Arsenal.

We had already beaten Arsenal on one final, so I knew the buggers would come hard on us. Be that as it may, only one of the teams had Mani Billingsley who scored on the 6th minute sending us to the 7th heaven. The game was relatively uneventful but I felt the game was on our control. We were leading 1-0 towards the end of the game and Leon Bailey scored a great volley on 91st minute bringing the UCL trophy back to Villa Park after 46 years! Bailey is one of our only few day one players, so it warms my heart to see him to score on a biggest night of our career.

Oh, baby a triple!!! I don't think I would have like Farming Simulator after all.

I'll probably take a little break now and return with player stats and future plans afterwards. I have built an amazing young squad and I think we are only getting started!
See, I told you that your first title would still be exciting!

If you're considering your future, I recommend moving to a different country and trying again with a new Aston Villa-esque club - Spain has quite a few clubs like that, Sevilla, Valencia, Villareal, La Coruna, Bilbao, etc.
2022-12-02 17:31#290655 Harleygator : See, I told you that your first title would still be exciting!

If you're considering your future, I recommend moving to a different country and trying again with a new Aston Villa-esque club - Spain has quite a few clubs like that, Sevilla, Valencia, Villareal, La Coruna, Bilbao, etc.

Yeah you did, it also helps that I got three of them at once!

Interesting suggestions regarding the next save. I managed Sevilla and Villarreal on previous FM, so I don't like to manage them again on FM23. I don't like the owner of Valencia, so they don't deserve me on FM23 either. Transfers are probably my favourite things on FM and you can't really make much transfers with Bilbao, so I think they are not an option for me either.

I have thought of managing in Germany next. I really like their 50+1 rule and I think out of the all big leagues, the football and the climate around it is as its best in Germany.

But I don't like to think about my next save yet, as I still have unfinished business with Aston Villa, but more on that in few mintues.
Aston Villa F.C. Season 2027/28 - Season review of a treble winning season

Our 6th season with Aston Villa ended phenomenally is we managed to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. Those trophies were the 2nd, 3rd and 4th trophies we have won with Aston Villa as we managed to bring the Carabao Cup home in 2026.

My goal for the save was to establish Aston Villa as one of the best clubs in the World and while we have been finishing in top 4 multiple times in a row, I feel this was our first season of true greatness and we still only won the league by collecting mere 82 points, instead of 90+ pts like Manchester City and Liverpool have managed to gather in real life.

So, I think we still have a point to prove and we need to win the major trophies multiple times to assert our dominance in the World of football. I want Aston Villa to be recognized as the best club in the World, and we aren't quite there yet. And to be fair my squad is still very young and I want to see how far I can take the likes of Billingsley, Endrick and Loder, who have each won the Golden Boy award.

You can see our player stats from all competitions below. Billingsley got a 51 goal-season, which is truly amazing. 33 of the goals came on PL, 9 on UCL and 9 on FA Cup.

Nico was our "worst" regular performer with an avg rating of 6.92 as a DLP (D), which pretty much sums up our season. We didn't have any weak links on our team

Endrick had few minor injuries during the season which limited him to 40 apps in all comps but he scored big goals in UCL when it mattered, so I'm more than happy with him as well.

Obviously the sqaud is at very good state and there is no need to change anything at all. I want to play emphasis on realism, so I won't be making changes just for the sake of it either. There is no way I'll be selling our key players, but if I receive high offers from squad players, I could sell them and replace them with better and cheaper options.

More than likely I'll be buying few prospects for our youth team but I don't think there will be many changes for the starting XI, so I expect a relatively quiet summer.
Brilliant to come back to reading and seeing this treble. An incredible journey so far, at points you certainly felt you weren't growing quickly enough, but to win a treble within six seasons is a remarkable achievement, congratulations. I look forward to seeing just how far this young team can go!

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