And so, with the end of yet another season, I've hit the ten-year mark at the helm of the Bloods!
It was with out a doubt a good year, and before I lose half of the readers I want to give some credit to Evo, not just the man who inspierd me to start the story, but also the man behind my 'new', winning tactic.
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I usually try to stay away from "the wondertactics" of the site and try and find my own way instead. But looking for ideas I saw one in particular and realized it was based on having a squad similar to mine and decided to give it a go. We tryed it out at practice for a couple of weeks and as soon as we started to use it in games as well the points started to pour in.
With some luck this could have been the year we made our way on to the continent, but due to some unexpected winners in the domestic cups our 7th place wasn't enough to clich a ticket.
Looking at the table you'll see that we were an offensive juggernaut the past season, outscoring all teams except for Man United and City (and the tie with Chelsea). The table also reviles this years biggest weakness, as so many years before: the defence. We conceded far more goals then any other club at the top half, even though our goalie Mwanza had a great season and was voted as the reserve to "Players' team of the year". I'm not sure how to tackle this as I'm very fond of our starting CB's, but if this continues I guess it's a sacrifice we'll have to make...
The success on the field continued off of it as we managed to turn a profit almost every month. Combinig that with the €11mil position-bonus from the FA we totaled a staggering +€23mil profit this season, making the club concidered as 'rich'. The stadium was expanded as well with another 9000 seats and now has a capacity of 27013. We are yet to see our first sell-out, but I'm confident it'll happen next season.
As far as individual preformances I would like to praise almost every starting player, but a couple of players stand out more then the rest: Mwanza, as I mentioned earlier was concidered one of the best keepers in the leauge last season. Adam Radebe made the team as well as he almost had an avrage of one goal per game (19 goals/23 games in the leauge and 21/28 overall), but he missed around 15 games due to injury. In his absence the Manchester-native Graham Myers carried a heay load up front outscoring Radebe with a total of 22 leauge-goals, but had much more time to score them as he only missed one leauge-game this season. Renato Gaúcho has been a bit inconsisten on his right-flank, but his 13 assist but him amongst the best in the leauge and this can not be ignored. Finnaly we have the powerhouses and foundation of my new tactic: My MC and DMC Abram Ndlovu and Sebastian Marin who have fought like warriors all season long defendig their ground in the middle of the pitch! Here's the summary from the intire leauge: